BATON ROUGE, La. (CNN) - Nick Tullier, a Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy who responded to the summer ambush by Gavin Long, a gunman that left three officers dead, is still severely wounded and still in a coma.
The vicious ambush pierced through the heart of Baton Rouge.
Three officers were killed by a lone gunman on a quiet Sunday morning, but as the story has faded from the headlines, one officer who answered the call to take down an active shooter targeting cops still fighting for his life.
"Nick's a fighter. We believe in him. He believes in himself, and Nick's not ready to go," James Tullier, Nick's father, said.
Tullier is in a coma. He's survived more than a dozen surgeries after he was shot three times, once in the head and twice in the abdomen.
"His heart stopped four times in the ER, so they brought him back four times," James Tullier said.
James says doctors first told him that his son wouldn't survive a day, but then it was two days, and then five. Now it's been more than 95 days and Nick Tullier is still breathing, defying every odd.
"Everybody claims this is the place that miracles happen. We hope so. He's passed everything they have thrown at him already, and he's still here," James Tullier said.
The night before the ambush, Nick Tullier was driving home when he noticed Tyla Carter and her daughter stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. Tullier stopped, put his patrol car's spare tire on their car and followed them home to make sure they arrived safely. His friends say that's the kind of Officer Tullier is.
"I think it goes back to his moral compass, and it's always pointing due north," Van Foster, Tullier's friend, said.
Since the ambush, Tullier's mother, father and fiancee have not left his side. They're waiting for him to wake from this long coma, but Tullier's son struggles with the questions that have no answers.
"What's going to happen in the future? Am I still going to have a father that is going to be able to have conversations with me? Are we going to be able to hang out together and just chat? I have no clue," Trent Tullier said.
If he survives, Nick Tullier will likely never patrol the Baton Rouge streets again, but for his family, Tullier's refusal to give up and keep breathing is a miracle.
Tullier's parents recently lost their home in the South Louisiana floods in August, so for the last few months, they've been staying in a camper so they can sleep and stay close to their son.