THREE years after she was bashed and left for dead in a park, a brave Sydney policewoman who beat the odds and returned to work, has been honoured by colleagues on her last day on the job.
In May, 2009, Sergeant Samantha Barlow was on her way to work when heroin addict Roderick Holohan bashed her with a brick, dragged her into a nearby park, robbed her and left her bleeding and broken.
Sgt Barlow suffered a shattered skull, broken nose, deep cuts and a crushed hand - but after 22 months of intense rehabilitation, she returned to the force..
Last year, Sgt Barlow was awarded a medal for heroism.
This week she retired to focus on raising her family.
She was honoured by colleagues and police chiefs including Commissioner Andrew Scipione and Minister Mike Gallacher at a farewell ceremony in the Sydney Police Centre on Thursday.
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