Davie police sergeant eager to return to work after being struck by car

Sgt. Patricia Ravine injured while trying to help driver in overturned car

DAVIE, Fla. – A Davie police sergeant who was released from the hospital last week, nearly a month after she was struck by a car, spoke to the media Thursday about what she went through.

"It has been so warming to feel the support from my family, my husband and my mom, who have been with me 24 hours day since the crash," Patricia Ravine said.

From the second she entered police headquarters in Davie, Ravine said she felt like she was back home. 

It was an emotional moment that some feared would never happen.

"I'm grateful that I'm alive," Ravine said. "I just can't help my kids the way that I could before."

The crash was reported Aug. 3 as Ravine was giving a ride home to a fellow officer.

Police said she spotted an overturned vehicle on Interstate 75 and pulled over to help the driver.

"I got out and went to check on the driver of the car in the middle of the highway, and I don't remember what happened after that," she said.

"She was pulling away and said goodbye to me. I gave her a kiss and then the accident happened," Ravine's husband, Sgt. Shawn Ravine, said.

Investigators said a distracted driver slammed into the mother of four, sending her flying through the air.

She was airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center with broken bones and severe head trauma.

Ravine underwent rehabilitation at the Memorial Regional South Rehab Institute in Hollywood and finally went home on Aug 30.

She is now in intense physical therapy and is getting stronger every day. 

"I was standing on a shoulder. It just doesn't make sense to me," Ravine said. "It is hard to wrap my mind around how this could have happened."

Ravine said she is leaning on her loved ones, and is hopeful that she will be back on the streets soon, protecting and serving the community that she loves.

"I love my job and I love what to do," Ravine said. "I get to meet people that are having problems and I get to be a benefit to society."

Ravine has been with the Davie Police Department for 10 years. 

A GoFundMe page was established by the Fraternal Order of Police to help pay for Ravine's medical costs.