Doctors haven't given Lee the word on whether he can return to work. He has about six months of physical therapy left toward his recovery.
Lee stands with the assistance of braces on both legs. His most recent surgery was about two weeks ago, Morgan Lee said.
"He works hard every day, even at home doing extra activities, just to get back," she said. "Whether it be here or somewhere else serving the community, he'll be back."
Lee had only on the police force been for about a year before the accident. He's aware of the camaraderie that police share, but he never experienced it until after the accident.
"Initially you always hear about the talk of the brotherhood, but you never experience it until you really need it," he said. "I've always seen it as a brotherhood, but now it has a whole new meaning."
Nitro Police Chief Jack Jordan said he was excited to have Lee back in West Virginia, and his job is waiting for him once he is well enough.
Morgan Lee said her husband has not talked to the driver who struck him.
"We are focused on his recovery," she said. "I'm sure she's suffered just as much. We are just going to stay positive and move on."
Jimmy Lee said he's taking his days one at a time and that the accident has given him a new perspective on life.
"Just be thankful for the little things you don't think about, like being able to walk up and down the steps. ... To me, it was a milestone," he said.
A 5K race and three-mile walk to benefit Lee is scheduled for Saturday. The course begins at the Nitro Police Department and loops around Ridenour Lake. Participation costs $20 for adults and $15 for those 16 and younger; registration will be accepted until 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Those who wish to register can do so by contacting Nitro Officer Jason Garbin at 304-553-8787 or stopping by the department.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.