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Colorado police officer shot in the head last year shares powerful message of thanks

The Colorado Springs Police Department is also trying to get actor and wrestler John Cena to visit Cem Duzel.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Almost a year after he was shot in the head, Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) Officer Cem Duzel is thanking the community who has supported him through his recovery.

Duzel was injured in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect on August 2. 

He's been undergoing rehab at Craig Hospital in Englewood ever since, and CSPD said he was made tremendous strides in that time.

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The department posted a video on their Facebook page on Friday in which Duzel thanks all of the people who have supported him over the last 10 months. 

According to the post, "a large part of his recovery is due to the community around him."

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"My family, friends and the Colorado Springs Police Department have been wonderful," Duzel says in the video. 

He also gives a special shout-out to wrestler and actor John Cena, who the department calls Duzel's hero. 

In March, Cena recorded a heartfelt message offering his words of encouragement to Duzel. 

RELATED: John Cena records heartfelt message for injured Colorado Springs officer

Now, CSPD is hoping Duzel will be able to meet Cena in person. 

"I want to give a special thanks to John Cena for his shoutout,
 Duzel says in the video. "John I hope you will visit the Springs soon."

The Colorado Springs Police Department said Duzel and his family still get letters, gifts, and messages from around the world.

Cards and letters are still encouraged as they are hand-delivered to Duzel on a regular basis. Address all cards/letters to:

Cem Duzel
c/o Lt. Jim Sokolik
705 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

For those who would like to donate to Officer Duzel, you may do so through the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association (CSPPA) Fallen Officer Relief Fund, a 501 (c) (3):

  • Online at www.csppa.org. (Be sure to note the donation is for Officer Duzel.)
  • Over the phone, 719–634–0058, or in person at the CSPPA, 516 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
  • By check payable to the CSPPA Fallen Officer Relief Fund at the above address. (Memo at the bottom should indicate the donation is for Officer Duzel.)

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