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Local YMCA Participates In Y Day At Legislature

on February 5, 2019 - 6:29pm

Gov. Michellle Lujan Grisham, center, with YMCA Youth In Government representatives today at the State Capitol including elected Youth Governor Lucas Gatterman behind her right shoulder during Y Day at the legislature. Representatives from The Family YMCA in Los Alamos Attended the special event at which governor read a proclamation naming Feb 5, 2019 ‘Y Day’ at the Legislature. Photo by Diana Martinez/YMCA

CEO Rob Wilkinson, left, of The Family YMCA in Los Alamos with Operations Director Marc Lewis of the YMCA of Central NM and Y Government Relations Representative Judy Barrett Miller listen to the governor today in the Rotunda at the Roundhouse. Photo by Diana Martinez/YMCA

Certificate from the House. Photo by Diana Martinez/YMCA

YMCA Youth in Government Governor Lucas Gatterman introduces speakers. Photo by Diana Martinez/YMCA

Retired Bernalillio County Sheriff Robin Hopkins speaks about being shot, rescued and recuperating at the Y, which she said helped her cope with PTSD and depression. Courtesy photo

Her Story:

Former Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Robin Hopkins was shot by a round from an AK-47 while in pursuit of a suspect.

The bullet went through her car door, shattering her femur, femoral artery and a vein in her left leg. Hopkins “coded out” twice but survived and faced many months recovering and learning to cope with chronic pain, PTSD, anxiety and depression.

The YMCA of Central New Mexico gave Hopkins a lifetime membership and she went there with her infant son.

“He was only 18 months old when I was shot. I couldn’t pick him up and playing with him was very difficult and painful … but at the Y’s outdoor pool we could play and swim together. I will never forget how happy he was, and how that time together meant the world to me,” she said.  

“What we see most in a law enforcement career is how fragile our communities can be. Our shared hope for a safer world starts with places like the YMCA and the incredible work they accomplish every day,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins, now retired, teaches a code of the West Program to third grade students, based on the book “Cowboy Ethics – What It Takes to Win at Life,” by Jim Owen.

“What I love about being at the YMCA is the sense of community, and the focus on spirit, mind and body. That was key to my recovery. The feeling of friendship and community at the Y is always with me and carries me throughout the day,” she said. “I am grateful and honored to be part of the YMCA and wholeheartedly support their mission. The Y holds true to its history and spirit, and those are the values I want to leave my own children, and the children in The Code of the West Program.”