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Lt. Will Rogers: 'I consider myself lucky now'

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Berkeley County deputy ambushed at a Moncks Corner gas station and shot in the head three months ago for the first time spoke about the ordeal since that night.{}

Lt. Will Rogers was shot in the head as he stopped to talk to someone in a parking lot. Bystanders rushed to his aid and helped save his life. Since then, he's been in and out of hospitals and rehabilitation centers.{}

But on Thursday, he made an appearance at a fundraiser in his honor being held in Ladson.

Rogers says he never could have imagined he would be so close to death three months ago while he was stopped at a gas station on the corner of Highway 52 and Cypress Gardens Road.{}

Doctors say it's a miracle Rogers survived.

"I really never considered worrying about dying because that's part of life. I'm not really looking to die, but it happens eventually," Rogers said.{}

He said Thursday night being in law enforcement was more than a job -- it was his calling.

"I knew what I was getting into when I started back in '91 so... I've been real lucky so far, and I consider myself lucky now," he said.

But none who take the oath to serve and protect pick up their shield expecting to lose their life. His son is just thankful Rogers survived the shooting.

"He's a hero, that's for sure," said 16-year-old Hunter Rogers. "It's just crazy. You never think about something happening like that to your own father. You hear about it on TV and national news but you never think something like that will happen in a small town around here."

Hunter Rogers and his two older brothers said they all want to be police officers, just like their father.

"I just want to be like him in every way. I love my dad more than anything," Lucas Rogers said.

But more than being an inspiration to his own family, Lt. Rogers is an inspiration to the community he serves.{}

"I'd love to go back to work tonight, but I don't think that's gonna happen," he said.

Despite the life-threatening injury, he remains a dedicated father and loyal servant. His family points to Lt. Rogers as a man with the will to survive the impossible -- they even have the tattoo as testimony.

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