NORTH OGDEN -- Officer Michael Rounkles on Thursday used his good hand, the right one, to give high and low fives to dozens of students at North Ogden Elementary School.
"It's been overwhelming," Rounkles said of the support he has felt from his community. "I have a lot to be thankful for."
Rounkles, 29, was one of six police officers shot during a Jan. 4 drug raid at an Ogden home. Officer Jared Francom suffered fatal wounds, and Rounkles and four other officers were wounded.
Rounkles, shot in the mouth and left arm, spent 12 days in the hospital and still has a bullet in his neck.
Rounkles was invited to North Ogden Elementary to be part of a program about heroes. He shared the program with Landon Weeks, a Bonneville High School student born without forearms who has taught himself to play keyboard and who sings inspirational and funny songs.
Students cheered and clapped as North Ogden Principal Dave Rhees presented Rounkles with a check for $3,100, money donated by students, staffers and parents at North Ogden Elementary and at nearby Green Acres Elementary School.
"The secretaries at both schools kept hearing students say they wanted to do something to help, so they conspired together," Rhees said, with a laugh. "We all decided we wanted to do something for Officer Rounkles."
Those "conspiring" secretaries are Rienie Vigil, from North Ogden, and Heidi Sullivan and Gwen Orton, from Green Acres.
"Parents who came to parent-teacher conferences pitched in, and it only took about a month to raise the money," Rhees said.
The principal said they focused on Rounkles because they know his little girl.
"This is way too much," Rounkles told students, after accepting the check. "I am going to share with the other officers, so it will help them, too. I can't thank you enough."
Rounkles applauded after Weeks' songs, using his healthy right hand to clap with his clenched left hand.
Rounkles said in a brief interview that one bullet traveled up his left forearm and shattered his humerus. He wore a molded plastic cast Thursday.
Christy Rounkles, asked about potential side effects of the bullet in her husband's neck, said it was a "wait and see" situation.
Rounkles said he and the four other wounded officers are healing.
"Everyone's fine," he said. "I hope to be back on regular duty eventually. I'm really looking forward to that."