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Updated May 1, 2013 - 2:18 pm

MCSO deputy reunited with cops who saved his life

From left, Peoria Police Officer Ryan Bakke, Georgina Garcia, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ruben Garcia and Peoria Police Officer Pat Shearer. (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- For the first time on Wednesday, Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy Ruben Garcia met the two police officers who saved his life after he was shot on Jan. 8 in the line of duty.

Garcia and Peoria Police Officers Ryan Bakke and Pat Shearer teared up as Garcia called them his heroes.

"I'm honored and grateful to meet these officers that helped me out."

Shearer said Garcia is the true hero and a man he never thought he would see again after the shooting at Deer Valley Road and 83rd Avenue.

"When I left there, after the fire department took over, and this is hard to say, there was no doubt in my mind that he wouldn't be here today. There's more hands in it than ours."

Garcia's wife, Georgina, was very emotional about remembering the night she almost lost her husband.

"With everything coming back, the emotions welling up, they creep back up on you. But it's the most beautiful sight to see him with the two men who saved his life."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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