Goodna Police Station this week welcomed Constable Peter McAulay back to work, 18 months after he was struck by a stolen vehicle in Ipswich in 2018.
Constable McAulay said he was ‘stoked’ to be back at work.
“I’ve been looking forward to this moment for the past 18 months,” he said.
“So, that was my main goal, was to get back to work and here I am so, yeah, stoked.”
Constable McAulay said the road to recovery has been long and challenging, but it was one made easier by the outpouring of support he received from his police colleagues and the community.
“I was bedridden for the first couple of months and then in a wheelchair and on crutches, so I had to go through all those processes and all the rehabilitation,” he said.
“I think just having that mateship there and having someone in your corner fighting for you and having your back’s bloody worth its weight in gold.”
Office in charge of Goodna Police Station, Senior Sergeant Greg Shaw, commended Constable McAulay’s resilience throughout the arduous recovery process.
“We’ve looked forward to this day for a long time and we got our mate back, and in the early days we didn’t even think that would be a possibility,” Senior Sergeant Shaw said.
“His commitment to the recovery process, you know, every time we went in to visit him in the hospital he was already pushing the boundaries, especially for his knee and that, doing all the exercises.”
The news of Constable McAulay’s return to work was met with many well wishes from the community on social media.
Check out the video of Constable McAulay’s return below.