Corporal Kimber Gist is back on the job after being shot multiple times back in 2016.
Gist recently returned to duty for the first time since she was shot five times while trying to arrest a suspect in February 2016.
The South Carolina sheriff’s deputy said this about being back: “I always imagined what this day would be like. I wanted to have my uniform all ironed and pressed.”
Cpl. Gist has undergone five surgeries since the incident – and still attends physical therapy – while going to college for a master’s degree in criminal justice at Charleston Southern University.
Gist says her own safety now is never a distant thought. “I think now; it’s really in the back of my mind. At first, I never thought about it because if you think about too much, then you won’t do your job – like, you’ll just be too terrified to do it.”
The deputy has received thousands of letters from across the country since the shooting and says returning to the field was never a question because her job isn’t done.
Cpl. Gist says, “There are so many more people that still need somebody that is there for them. I’m not finished arresting the criminals and letting the community know that that’s why I am here.”
Gist will be honored by the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association at a dinner in Columbia on Thursday.
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