Birmingham officer injured in shooting greeted by professional bass angler

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham Police Officer Cullen Stafford is still recovering from gunshot wounds following last Wednesday’s shooting.

To help aid in the recovery, professional bass angler Gerald Swindle visited Stafford in his hospital room.

Gerald Swindle visits injured Birmingham Police Officer Cullen Stafford. Gerald Swindle is a professional bass angler from Hayden, Alabama. He was named the 2004 and 2016 Bassmaster Angler of the Year. Officer Stafford has a love for fishing that goes back to his childhood. Officer Stafford continues to improve!!

Posted by Birmingham Police Department (AL) Major Crimes on Monday, July 22, 2019

In a video posted on the department’s Facebook page, Swindle is seen shaking Stafford’s hand and giving him a few encouraging words as well as some memorabilia.

Swindle was the 2004 and 2016 Bassmaster Angler of the Year and he and Stafford share a passion for fishing according to the post.

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