When NYPD Officer Jamil Sarwar was shot in the knee on the Fourth of July in 2013, he thought his career as a cop was over.
But after nearly a year of grueling physical therapy, he made it back to active duty — and is slated to be promoted to detective Friday.
“I thought, ‘I’m never going to be able to work as a cop again,” he said of the shooting that sidelined him for months. “But I tried my best and the NYPD helped me a lot. They took care of me.”
Sarwar, 33, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees earned in his native Bangladesh, says he always wanted to be a cop.
“My uncle was a police officer and my dream was to become a cop,” he said.
He was on the verge of becoming one in Bangladesh when he decided to enter the U.S. Visa lottery.
“I’m okay and I’m alive and I’m getting promoted,” he said. “I’m happy.”
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