PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Banks High School honored a deputy recently shot in the line of duty.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Jeremy Braun joined students at their homecoming ceremony Friday night.
It marked his first public appearance since the shooting on Aug. 8 near Hagg Lake. Braun and another deputy — Deputy Chris Iverson — had responded to reports of a man stealing guns from an outdoor gun cabinet on private property.
Authorities tracked the suspect into the surrounding woods where a gunfight ensued that left Braun, Iverson and the suspect wounded.
Braun was only recently released from the hospital. The 16-year Washington County Sheriff’s Office veteran is still relearning how to walk and swallow but he made his way onto the Banks High School football field, cane in hand, during halftime Friday night.
His kids were there to cheer him on.
“It’s pretty cool that my dad is still alive and that he is able to go and walk and stuff,” said 13-year-old Jacob Braun.
Resounding applause greeted the recovering deputy as he took to the field, proving just how much the town adores its hometown hero.
“It’s been pretty sweet to know how many people care about our family,” said 12-year-old Olivia Braun. “My dad has gone to school here, they are trying to show that they appreciate him.”
Braun’s kids are just thankful their dad was alive to be honored by the high school.
“I think that it’s really cool that they remember that they respect officers and it is really fun just being here with my dad,” said 11-year-old Micah Braun.
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