A police officer who almost lost his life after being shot twice in the leg while struggling with a drug-affected patient in a western Sydney hospital last year has been recognised for his bravery.
Sergeant Luke Warburton says he's humbled to receive the Australian Bravery Decoration but, without his partner Senior Constable Tim Duffy's quick actions to help bring the situation under control, "things might have been very different".
The veteran police dog handler said on Wednesday his recovery has been long and slow following the Nepean Hospital shooting which pierced his femoral artery and caused him to lose a life-threatening amount of blood.
Sgt Warburton was the first police officer on the scene at the emergency ward on January 12, 2016, after reports a 39-year-old man had held a pair of scissors to the throat of a female doctor.
While struggling with the ice-affected patient, Sgt Warburton was shot twice through the upper thigh by his own gun when the man took the officer's pistol from his holster.
A laid-back Sgt Warburton told reporters on Wednesday it was "touch and go" immediately following the shooting due the significant amount of blood he lost.
More than 21 months after the shooting, Sgt Warburton is now back at work three days a week but still needs physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
"It's good to be back at work with purpose," he said.
"But it's certainly a work in progress."
When the father of three was discharged from hospital a month after the incident he was greeted by a guard of honour, cheers, family and his beloved dog Chuck.
Sgt Warburton says the shooting had taken a toll on his wife, children and work mates.
"It affects everybody, we're a close knit team," he said Wednesday.