Deputy on man who caused his injury: ‘He made a mistake. We’re all human.’

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He was injured on the job, yet he managed to save someone else’s life.

A Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy is talking for the first time since a car crash nearly ended his career.

The recovery process has been a long and difficult one for Deputy Nick Wohler, who was hit by his patrol car during a traffic stop. 

“I hear the sounds of crashing metal behind me,” he said that April night in 2018.

In that moment, Wohler couldn’t have imagined what was about to happen to him just seconds later.

“As I turn to look, I see my headlights coming at my face,” he said.

While Wohler was standing outside during a traffic stop, an alleged drunk driver in another vehicle, slammed into his patrol car. 

“I remember looking down at my leg and my gun, going under our roll push bumpers, and pushing off of the vehicle to get myself out from under it,” said Wohler.

Down, but not out, he took action, providing life saving aid to the man who just hit him. 

“I hit the chest trying to do some type of sideways CPR to get his airway open,” said Wohler. “At that point he gurgles blood, spits it out. And, he starts coming through a little bit.”

After months of recovery and wondering when he would be able to walk again, Wohler is back full time, doing background checks.

But getting to this point, didn’t come without several challenges. 

“One of the biggest struggles was being 27 years old in a wheelchair,” he said.

But through it all, Wohler doesn’t hold a grudge against the man behind the accident.

“I don’t fault the guy,” he said. “He made a mistake. We’re all human.”

Wohler has no doubt he’ll be out protecting his community again soon.

“I wouldn’t be a true cop if I didn’t say I’m stubborn and bull-headed. So, I refuse to quit. I don’t ever give up on myself.”

As for the man who hit Wohler’s patrol car, Gregory Bradfield, is charged with aggravated battery while driving under the influence. 

He will be back in court in April.

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