San Antonio police officer Michael Thornton endured two deployments to Iraq as a soldier. He survived a blast from an improvised explosive device in 2006 that sent him to Brooke Army Medical Center with second- and third-degree burns. He almost lost his life in the line of duty on the streets of San Antonio.
It wasn’t an assailant with a gun who almost killed Thornton early one Saturday morning in January. Instead, according to police reports, it was a suspected drunken driver who plowed into Thornton’s cruiser as he was assisting stranded motorists on an elevated downtown freeway, briefly pinning him between the two vehicles, then propelling him over the guardrail. MORE