LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Injured Metro police officer Shay Mikalonis was honored Wednesday at City Hall.
Las Vegas City Council members named him “Citizen of the Month” for May.
While on duty last summer, Mikalonis was shot during a demonstration that he was trying to break up. He was paralyzed in the shooting.
He returned to Las Vegas in April after getting treatment at a Denver medical facility that specializes in spinal cord injuries.
His family says he is still paralyzed and using a ventilator, but is now able to talk.
Mikalonis was recognized for his selflessness and dedication to protect and serve his community during Wednesday’s meeting. His family was there to accept the honor on his behalf.
His stepfather and some of the Metro police squad were in the front row at the meeting.
Councilwoman Victoria Seaman is a daughter and wife of law enforcement. She named Mikalonis the city’s Citizen of the Month to honor his ongoing recovery and commitment to the serve.
“We will continue to support them with whatever we can do. We let the family know that,” the councilwoman said.
“I think with Shay, his big thing is to support law enforcement… the men and women that get up to do this job every day that you see around the country… I think that support means a lot to him,” Patrick Nevelle, Mikalonis’ stepfather said.
The man charged with shooting Mikalonis, Edgar Samaniego’s trial, is scheduled to start June 21st.