FORSYTH, Ga. - It was a big honor for a Covington police officer shot in the line of duty.
Matt Cooper received the Governor's Public Safety Award for heroism at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.
In September 2018, Cooper was chasing a shoplifting suspect outside a Walmart. The man suddenly fired at Cooper, striking him in the face.
The injury led to a series of strokes that left Cooper partially paralyzed on his left side.
But in the last year, he's made a remarkable recovery and hopes to one-day return to duty with Covington Police Department.
Governor Brian Kemp honored Cooper and five others who performed heroic acts, including pulling two people from burning cars and one woman from a burning house.