State troopers turn out to support injured Va. trooper

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ATLANTA —

A Virginia state trooper injured in a high-speed chase is recovering at an Atlanta rehab center with the support of local law-enforcement.

Jamie Lawson has been in law enforcement for 18 years. Now, he's trying to learn to walk again.

“It's just a snap of a finger your life will change, and I’m proof of that,” Lawson told Channel 2’s Erin Coleman

Nearly two months ago, he was in a 17-mile police chase through Virginia, reaching speeds up to 120 mph. In the end, the suspect hit six vehicles before crashing. Lawson crashed too.

“I just sat back in my seat, crossed my arms and I said, ‘God help me,’ and that's when I hit, and that's all I remember,” Lawson said.

A week later, Lawson was sent to Atlanta’s Shepherd Center, which specializes in treating spinal cord injury. Since then, Georgia state troopers have been showing up daily to support him.

“Being five hours away, to see the response that I’ve had from people that's never met me, it's amazing and I appreciate that,” Lawson said.

He hopes to eventually walk out on his own.

“I came in here on a helicopter, on a stretcher and hopefully I'll walk out of here,” he said.