PC Gareth Phillips has received a special visitor in hospital – his pet dog Diesel.
The policeman was seriously injured when he was run over by his BMW patrol car in Moseley, Birmingham, on August 12.
PC Phillips, 42, had been in intensive care and when he woke up the first thing he asked was ‘how is Diesel?’
The chocolate Labrador, 13, was taken to briefly see the officer on Friday and a heartwarming picture was then posted by West Midlands Police showing the two friends.
Head of Central Motorway Police Group Superintendent Dave Twyford said: ‘Gaz would like to say thank you to all the hospital staff that saved his life.
‘He’s got a shattered pelvis and is in pain, but is taking each day as it comes and is making small steps in his recovery.
‘Having spoken to his family and his wife, knowing that people are supporting them locally and across the globe, it makes a huge difference to Gaz and his family.’
Superintendent Twyford also took a moment to let the family and friends of murdered PC Andrew Harper know everyone in the policing family was thinking of them.
PC Phillips has also thanked the public for their support after a Just Giving page set up to help his family reached £14,000.
The BMW police car was hijacked in Moorcroft Road at around 4.45pm and reversed into the PC Phillips, knocking him down, before driving over his body as he lay pinned underneath.
Mubashar Hussain, 29, of no fixed address, was arrested in the Sparkbrook area and appeared in court last Monday charged with attempted murder.
He was also charged with wounding PC Daniel Lynas with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm and assaulting four other police officers by beating.
PC Phillips’ family previously thanked the police and members of the public for their messages of support.
They added PC Phillips was very poorly and faced a long battle to recover and asked for people to respect their privacy.