An Ontario police officer who made a remarkable recovery shortly after he was shot earlier this month in the Las Vegas massacre was honored Friday at an Anaheim Ducks game.
Fans shot up from their seats to applaud Michael Gracia and his fiance, Summer Clyburn, during Law Enforcement Night at the Honda Center.
Gracia, 24, was in critical condition after he was shot in the head at the Route 91 music festival when a man opened from from the 32nd floor of a nearby high-rise hotel. Clyburn suffered non-life-threatening injuries. She's credited with saving her fiance, shielding his body from the bullets.
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The couple and their 4-month-old daughter, dressed in Ducks gear, spoke to NBC4 about their recovery and the outpouring of support.
"We're getting better day by day and we appreciate all the prayers and support. It means a lot to us," Clyburn said.
Earlier, Gracia met his favorite Ducks center, Ryan Getzlaf. Getzlaf congratulated him on his speedy recovery.
The four-year veteran started with the police department as a cadet working in the jail before fulfilling his dream of becoming a patrol officer. He was one of several members of Southern California law enforcement agencies at the country music concert.
Gracia underwent major surgery after the shooting, but he was able to start walking just two days after, Clyburn said.
Earlier this month, the couple was greeted by a large presence of law enforcement as they arrived home from the hospital in Las Vegas.
Gracia told NBC4 he wants to come back to work and serve his community soon.