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The Colony Police Office Leaves Hospital After 84 Days Of Battling COVID-19

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An officer of The Colony Police Department is finally home to finish his recovery after spending 84 days in the hospital battling COVID-19.

Video Transcript

- After nearly 84 days battling COVID-19, a North Texas police officer thankfully is finally home tonight. Our Nicole Nielsen was there today when his friends and his family all came to surprise him when he got released, finally, from rehabilitation.

- That a boy!

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

NICOLE NIELSEN: Today, cheers and smiles were in no short supply--

DAVID COULON: We're going to really love having him back. We just can't wait.

NICOLE NIELSEN: --as Officer Hector Garcia, a beloved member of The Colony's police force for 16 years was finally released from Encompass Rehabilitation in Richardson after severely battling COVID-19 since early December. Since then, he's been in and out of different care facilities. His two sons, who hadn't seen him in months, were the first ones to greet him.

ANDRES GARCIA: Really happy. Glad to have him home, more than anything.

NICOLE NIELSEN: Most of the police force was also there to support him, including the chief of police, David Coulon.

DAVID COULON: The city's behind him. The department's behind him. He has a great family that are all there for him. And so together, I think, we can help him recover.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

NICOLE NIELSEN: Today, Officer Garcia says he couldn't believe how much support he had.

HECTOR GARCIA: Very exciting. Very-- I wasn't expecting this [INAUDIBLE] it's good to know that the [INAUDIBLE] behind me 100%, my family.

NICOLE NIELSEN: Also adding he couldn't be more excited to finally be going home.

HECTOR GARCIA: I'm excited, ready to go home. It's been terrible. Been through a lot for the past 84 days.

NICOLE NIELSEN: We're told Officer Garcia still has recovering to do before he's back on the force, but his family says they're just thrilled he can now do that recovering at home. In Richardson, Nicole Nielsen, CBS 11 News.