Originally published Apr. 18, 2013:

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Officer Paul Meyer was honored for his service, after he was paralyzed from the waist down during Portland Police Bureau training.

A tree fell on Meyer during his ATV training November 19 on Hayden Island.

Background: Officer hurt by falling tree

Meyer received a Police Star and a Distinguished Service Medal Tuesday night, and the officers, firefighters and paramedics who came to his aid at the scene were given life saving awards.

In December, Meyer received a 20-year-service pin from PPB Chief Mike Reese.

I was only able to receive these awards because they saved my life, Meyer said. It was an absolute honor to be able to recognize them for what they did that day.

Meyer was placed on leave, but said he hopes to return to the bureau soon.