SALEM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Deputy Jim Buchholz was shot in a Christmas tree field in Marion County while on duty last December.
He told KOIN 6 News on Thursday that support from family, friends, coworkers and the community is what has helped him recover.
“You start thinking of life, family,” said Buchholz.
Those, he said, were his first thoughts when he was shot on Dec. 6 following a car chase through Silverton.
“I guess when you try to explain the effects it had on you, it’s real emotional,” Buchholz said.
In fact, the Marion County Senior Deputy said in some ways, taking the bullet was the easy part.
“It’s that camaraderie. The people coming to help you – that’s the emotional part,” said Buchholz.
Buchholz was shot just above the knee by stolen car suspect Cody Edwards who was hiding out from police in a Christmas tree field near Silverton. Edwards pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 22 years in prison earlier this month.
“I was trained to fight through and that’s what I did,” he said. “I got back to my truck still worried about where he was at – whether he was going to come back and try to kill.”
Keeping watch and treating his own wound until help arrived, Buchholz survived the ordeal.
His wife, Cari Buchholz, said she remembers arriving at the hospital to see him.
“Immediately, we called the kids so they could hear daddy’s voice to know he was alive,” she said.
Healing emotionally has been not been easy, Jim Buchholz said.
“You know, I went through a lot of, a lot of emotions afterwards – anger, depression,” he said.
What happened changed him, but Jim Buchholz said support from not only family and friends, but also coworkers and the community have made all the difference.
“A lot of little things before that would bother you. They just don’t seem that big anymore,” he said.
One thing that hasn’t changed though is his commitment to protect and serve.
“I’m wanting to go back out and do what I was doing,” Jim Buchholz said.
He has returned to work at the sheriff’s office but is only on desk duty. Jim Buchholz said he is anxious to get back out on patrol.