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Wounded SWAT officer says, 'Thanks'

James Veenstra was injured in Winnetka
March 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A police officer who was wounded last month in a San Fernando Valley shootout that killed his colleague is offering thanks for the support he and his family have received. James Veenstra spoke Sunday after about 30 officers ran a torch relay in the Los Angeles Marathon in memory of Randal Simmons, the city's first SWAT officer slain in the line of duty.

Veenstra is recovering after being shot in the jaw. He and the officers wore shirts with a picture of Simmons that read "Pass the Torch."

Veenstra says he's grateful for the outpouring of sympathy he received after being injured in the line of duty.

The 51-year-old says "The healing process wouldn't have begun without it."


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