Dan Walters' life has been one of perseverance. I could have written those words in 1992 when a 26-year-old Walters made his major league debut in his eighth pro season, in 1995 when he returned to the game after missing a year following a spinal injury, or in 1997 when he walked again after a second, even more serious spinal injury. Perseverance was again in full display when the Santana High graduate fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming a San Diego Police officer in 1999, but all of that was just a precursor to what he has endured for the past decade.
On the night of November 12, 2003, Walters saw another cruiser stopped with its blue lights on, so he pulled over to back him up. Uninformed of the peril that he was entering, Walters was immediately rushed by a gunman who had already fired on a fellow officer. After a brief struggle, the subject shot him point-blank in the neck. Walters' body was then struck and pinned under the car of a passing motorist. Officer Walters remembers much of what happened that night and has since been filled in on the rest; last November he recounted the events to Fred Dickey of the Union-Tribune.I'm not going to blockquote his recollection of being shot, but the whole piece is definitely worth a read if you can stomach that sort of thing.
Since the shooting, Walters has been paralyzed from the neck down, save for minimal use of his left arm.