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Veteran DPS Officer Seth Meeske for the first time in public on Thursday told the story of the night he was shot three times during a routine traffic stop. He drove himself to the hospital, worried about the safety of the officers who took up the pursuit. His father, Ernie Meeske, appeared with him at the Thursday press conference.

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Agonizing decisions, heroic choices – the ‘surreal’ night Seth Meeske survived

“I remember somebody screamed and I thought there were a lot more people in the emergency room than usual,” said Department of Public Safety Officer Seth Meeske, of the night he shuffled into the Payson Regional Medical Center clutching the artery severed by an assailant’s bullet. As he spoke, cameras from Channels 15, 12, 10, 5 and 3 had their black lenses trained on his lean, cheerful face.

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