Now more than ever, security professionals are putting themselves in harm's way. Damario Johnson took a bullet in the back while working security at a nightclub early Thanksgiving morning and since then, has been fighting to regain what he has lost. He has many challenges ahead of him, but Damario, the security community is with you, every step of the way. -- IFPO.
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. Feb 22 2019 -- Damario Johnson is on a mission to walk again, but the challenges are heavy.
"I have days that I just sit in here and I just cry and it's overwhelming," he said.
As his nerves heal from the bullet he took in his spine on Thanksgiving, the pain is so bad some nights that he can't sleep.
"Enough to make me want to not be here anymore," he said.
But he is making progress. His left leg has some mobility, and is healing faster than his right.
Still, Damario struggles as much mentally as he does physically. Sometimes, his mom says he feels forgotten.
"Just reach out...that's all I'm asking," said Sue Ellen Johnson. "Let him know that you are still thinking about him so that he won't feel so down."
This is a fight that mother and son are battling together.
"A lot of the times I don't feel like she should have to go through this, but she's willing to go through it because I'm her son," Damario said.
Each week, Sue Ellen takes him to physical therapy, a challenge in itself because the apartment only has stairs. The only way out is through the muddy grass in the back.
Integrity Construction's Josh Harris worked with Home Depot in Tacoma who donated plywood to help make it easier for Damario to get out.
"If I didn't have that plywood, I would probably just sit here all day," he said.
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