San Antonio Police Department Patrol Officer Jonathan Esquivel has to walk with the help of a cane these days but in less than a year, he's come further in his recovery than many thought was possible.
On Feb. 19, 2011, Esquivel was helping a stranded motorist at Loop 410 and Evers Road when he was hit by a truck. He suffered a brain injury, broken ribs, pelvis, shoulder, neck, ankle and a ruptured bladder.
SAPD Chief William McManus said he remembers thinking the prognosis wasn't good when he responded to the scene of the accident.
"I will tell you that I am surprised to see him here today because I didn't think he was going to make it," he said.
Esquivel said he stll aches but feels good overall.
Throughout his painful rehabilitation, he's remained positive and determined.
"They told me they don't think I'll be able to run again, so that's my goal right now," he said.
Esquivel was presented with a plaque at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital of San Antonio to recognize his determination and miraculous recovery.
McManus, Lt. William Biesenbach and about a dozen brothers in blue joined Esquivel's family members, his wife and two children, and medical staff who were on hand as he was presented the award.
The plaque will be on display at the rehabilitation center to serve as inspiration for others.
Esquivel said his goal is to be able to return to the job he loves.
"I don't want to do anything else," he said.