Recognizing Aaron Pearson, Retired Officer of the Springfield Police Department, for Being Injured in the Line of Duty Protecting the Springfield Communityby Representative Billy Long
Posted on 2015-12-17
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Mr. LONG. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Aaron Pearson,
retired officer of the Springfield Police Department, for his
dedication to protecting the Springfield community as well as his
courage and perseverance after being injured in the line of duty.
On January 26, 2015, Officer Pearson was struck below the left eye with one of several rounds fired at him while responding to a request for backup. As a result of his injuries, doctors predicted that Aaron would likely never walk or talk again, but he never gave up. Aaron persevered through months of difficult rehab and less than five months later he made enough progress to throw the first pitch at the Springfield Cardinals game. His actions have shown an incredible example of courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. This November, he was awarded the Springfield Police Department Purple Heart for enduring this adversity.
Officer Pearson served his community with passion throughout his time with the Springfield Police Department. Before his retirement, Aaron's accomplishments exemplified this and those who worked with him in the line of duty had great respect for his professionalism.
Mr. Speaker, Aaron Pearson has worked tirelessly to protect his community and better those around him; I extend to him my deepest appreciation for his courage and dedication to ensuring the safety of the Springfield community. His efforts have not only contributed greatly the Springfield community, but have made me proud to serve the people of Missouri's seventh Congressional District.