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by: PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Portland Police Officer Paul Meyer and Chief Mike Reese.Disabled Portland police officer Paul Meyer will be honored in Washington, D.C., at the nation's TOP COPS Awards as part of National Police Week.

Meyer, a 12-year Portland Police Bureau veteran, was injured in a freak ATV training accident in November 2012 and suffered severe injuries that left him paralyzed from the waist down. He recovered in just 9 1/2 months, however, and returned to work in September 2013 in the bureau's armory, which is part of the Training Division.

Meyer has been selected to receive an Honorable Mention award at the 2014 ceremony. It will take place on May 12.

"I'm very honored to represent the Portland Police Bureau and am humbled by this award. The support that I and my family have received has been nothing short of incredible," Meyer says. "I look forward to meeting fellow officers from across the country whose actions are incredibly heroic."

Since the National Associations of Police Organizations launched the TOP COPS Award program in 1994, it has paid tribute to outstanding law enforcement officers across the country for actions above and beyond the call of duty. Award recipients are nominated by their fellow officers for outstanding service during the preceding calendar year. Those receiving the awards are selected by an Awards Selection Committee comprised of national law enforcement representatives who choose one case from each state and U.S. territory.

The TOP COPS Awards are attended by celebrities, politicians, members of the national law enforcement community, corporate donors and other interested individuals.

To learn more about the TOP COPS Awards, visit www.napo.org/top-cops/about-top-cops/

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