ATLANTIC CITY — It’s been more than a year since Officer Josh Vadell was shot in the head while responding to a robbery.

Vadell, now retired from the Police Department, has had a year of challenge and recovery. On Friday, he was honored as a hero, along with those who helped him survive that night.

On Sept. 3, 2016, Vadell was shot trying to break up a robbery at Caesars Atlantic City parking garage. His partner, Officer Thomas McCabe, returned fire and killed the man who shot Vadell. The investigation involved several agencies and resources and mostly took place before the sun came up.

At the Atlantic City Police Foundation’s second annual Atlantic City Hero Luncheon at the Palm restaurant, Vadell was honored for his perseverance and courage that day. Also honored were McCabe, New Jersey State Police Lt. Col. Ray Guidetti, then-acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton, Chief of Detectives Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Daren Dooley and the AtlantiCare Trauma Team for their efforts in the incident.

“It’s nice to not be the only one to be recognized,” Vadell said at the event. ”Without them, I wouldn’t be here.”