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HILLSDALE, MO (KTVI) – July 2 is a day Hillsdale police Officer Charles Hubbard will never forget. A routine traffic stop at the 6200 block of Bailey Place changed his life forever.

On Friday, officials presented Hubbard with honors for his bravery and 26 years of service.

“I stepped back to allow him to come to the trunk. He steps out of the vehicle and starts shooting at me," Hubbard said.

Jared Williams, 24, pulled out a gun and shot Hubbard in the shoulder and chest, prosecutors said. When Hubbard returned fire, Williams took off and left his son in the back seat.

“I would’ve never thought in a hundred years that a parent would start shooting with their son a foot away from him,” he said.

Williams is facing felony charges of assault on an officer, armed criminal action, endangering the welfare of a child, and resisting arrest. He’s being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond.

Meanwhile, Hubbard is in recovery and grateful to be standing on two feet. He’s also thankful for the 190 get well cards he’s received from across the country. A GoFundMe account has been set up on Hubbard's behalf.