COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus police officer was honored this afternoon with a special award after he was injured during a shooting incident in October.
CPD Patrol Officer Joshua McQuien was presented with a new body armor and plaque in recognition of his bravery and dedication.
Point Blank Enterprises, the supplier of the body armor for the Columbus Police Department, was on hand to present him with the vest. McQuien was responding to a burglary alarm call when he was shot in the shoulder at a Hilton Avenue home on Oct. 21. The bullet did not penetrate his vest.
McQuien says he believes God was watching over his life that day.
"When we put on this vest, badge, this gun and this equipment we go out into a fight against evil in this world," McQuien said. "If we have faith in God, he will be with us and will not forsake us and he will protect us."
Columbus police mandates that all officers wear body vests and the armor is renewed every five years.
Point Blank Enterprises is also sending Officer McQuien on an intra-coastal waterway cruise, and will also be taking a trip to the facilities where the vests are made.