LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Lockport Police officer who fought his way back to return to duty after being shot twice is retiring.
Eleven years ago, K9 Officer Steve Richie was attempting to arrest an attempted murder suspect when he was shot twice at the Village Mobile Home Park in the Town of Lockport.
In 2004, a year after he was injured, Ritchie told News 4, “When I was laying on the ground, I remember just looking up at the sky and remember telling myself, ‘I’m not going to die, I’m not going to die.'”
Ritchie had been shot in the shoulder and both of his legs. Captain Larry Eggert was also shot in the shoulder.
Ritchie suffered severe paralysis, but refused to retire. He instead battled through a long and grueling rehabilitation to return to full-duty with Lockport Police.
But now Ritchie is taking his well-deserved retirement. His fellow officers will honor him with a walk out of the station on Monday, June 2 at 3 p.m., followed by a small farewell ceremony.