Ambushed Valdosta officer happy to be back on full duty

| March 14, 2017

VALDOSTA – Monday, Valdosta Officer Randall Hancock signs in for his first week back in eight months.

“I wanted nothing more than to come back to work and I’m finally here,” says Officer Hancock.

On patrol, you would never be able to tell that just last July, he was gunned down.

Police say a man made a fake 911 call, then ambushed the officer, in hopes to be killed.

“I would not probably be telling 100% of the truth if I said I haven’t been thinking about it because I have.”

Still, the only thing different now is his uniform.

It’s embellished with two new pins. One is for honor, and the other, a purple heart.

“That’s my buddy,” says one resident walking up to Hancock’s patrol car.

The officer replies, “We’ve known each other a while, haven’t we? Are you doing better?”

While patrolling his old beat, you’ll notice the job he’s missed, has missed him right back.

“That actually changed my mindset. It honestly did and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

Officer Hancock is leaving the painful memories behind and moving forward to his next call.

“It’s all starting to come back. It’s feeling normal again.”

He says he’s working on getting back in the groove.

Monday, he responded to his first minor car accident since last July.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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