Celebrating Life: Corporal Andrew Shannon Loudin Reflects on Life One Year After Getting Shot
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 03, 2013 @ 6:41PM
Created on May 03, 2013 @ 6:06PM
Friday was all about celebrating for Corporal Andrew Shannon Loudin. Celebrating the 365 days he's lived since he was shot while trying to interview a suspect as a part of an ongoing investigation.
One year later, the day was all about spending time with the people he loves the most, his wife Sabrina and three girls, Emma, Abigail, and Mya.
"It's a lot of emotions for the entire family, but we're just glad I'm able to be here with the family, go through life's events," said Cpl. Loudin.
Rewind to just a year ago, when Corporal Loudin was at the home of William David Dumire. Dumire opened fire on Loudin and he was shot in his chest and back. Loudin was able to escape the home and call for help.
He said looking back on that day, all he thought about was his family.
"That day, I just had in my head that I wasn't going, I wasn't going to go, I wasn't going to go out that easy, and I just kind of got that in my head, and I was just going to fight through whatever I needed to do to be here for my family and that's all I could think about that day was my family. Nothing else. No work, no stress, no nothing at all but my family," said Cpl. Loudin.
After a five hour manhunt, Dumire was found near Kelly Mountain Ridge, and after an exchange of gunfire, he was killed.
In the meantime, Corporal Loudin had been flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital, where he was underwent emergency surgery. To this day, he credits those doctors with saving his life.
"Again, I can't thank them enough. We tried to set an appointment with the surgeon just to get in and see her today, but they've been great. They've been touching base with us and we've made a lot of good, close friends that we still keep in contact with," said Loudin.
Now, one year later on the warm spring day, Loudin said he wouldn't be spending his time anywhere else than with the four girls he loves the most.
"Definitely changed my perspective on life, and how I look at things. Like I said, I'm just glad. The world's an evil place right now, and there's a lot going on, but I'm glad I'm still able to be here to help raise my daughters," said Loudin.
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