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Injured Prescott police officer keeping the faith

Courier/Nathaniel Kastelic
Prescott Police officer Robb Martin high fives Alexander Sam, the son of close friend Marcus, after almost bowling a strike Saturday afternoon at his Bowlathon Benefit at Plaza Bowl in Prescott. In the background wife Lisa, left, films the occasion as daughters Machelle and Rebecca look on.

Courier/Nathaniel Kastelic Prescott Police officer Robb Martin high fives Alexander Sam, the son of close friend Marcus, after almost bowling a strike Saturday afternoon at his Bowlathon Benefit at Plaza Bowl in Prescott. In the background wife Lisa, left, films the occasion as daughters Machelle and Rebecca look on.

Robb Martin does not ask, "why me?"

Instead, the Prescott Police Department officer draws on his faith in God after a Dec. 18 four-wheeler accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

"I am in good spirits and taking things day-by-day. I am a Christian. My wife Lisa and our entire family are Christians. We believe in God. I believe God has a plan for me and there is a reason this happened," Martin said.

Robb and Lisa have three children ‹ Machelle, 18, Rebecca, 16, and David, 13.

Martin was riding his four-wheeler in the sand dunes near Yuma when he hit a lip of sand causing him to fly off the ATV. He landed on his head and his legs flew up over his back.

The impact broke Martin's spine at T-7 and his neck at C-6.

Doctors did give Martin some good news. Since the accident did not sever his spinal cord, he has a chance to recover.

"The doctor's have given me a two-year window for recovery," he said.

The City of Prescott has rallied around Martin and his family.

"The police department has stood by my side and let me know that I have a job to come back to when I am ready," Martin said.

Prescott People Who Care installed wheelchair ramps at Martin's residence Feb. 1.

A fund-raiser at Plaza Bowl in Prescott Feb. 4 raised $900 for the Martin family.

On Feb. 26, officers from the Prescott Police Department will be waiting tables and conducting a raffle at Red Robin. Martin will receive all the tips the officers receive and the money from the raffle.

"I am doing well and I am in good spirits. My neck has healed and the brace is off. I am still wearing a chest brace to keep me upright and until my spine heals. My health is good," Martin said.

"My wife has been by my side all through this, helping to do the things I can't do."

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