GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper who was injured in a hit-and-run was released from a Greenville County hospital Friday morning.

It was an emotional morning for friends and family of Lance Corporal D. Kugler and his brothers in blue. After spending nearly a month in the hospital, he was wheeled out of Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital and greeted with open arms.

“He’s a wonderful trooper, he’s a wonderful man, he has a wonderful family and it’s just wonderful how far we’ve come in the last three weeks from critical life support to being released from the hospital and going home,” said Capt. Kevin Brown, South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Lance Corporal Kugler and Trooper B. Stuhmer were conducting a traffic stop on Oct. 16 when a silver Chrysler hit them and fled the scene.

Both troopers were taken to the hospital. Trooper Stuhmer was released, but it was the start of a long road of Trooper Kugler who was in critical condition.

“That night at two o’clock in the morning, it was a very bad phone call,” said Capt. Brown. “There were a lot of unknowns at that point in time about what the severities of his injuries were and what the future held. To see the progression, it just seems like everyday he’s exceeded the expectations of the doctors.”

That’s one of the unknown parts of their job that Capt. Brown said is a risk the take everyday.

“When they put their uniform on and leave, they don’t know if they are coming home that night,” said Capt. Brown. “These troopers come to work everyday with the goal and the mission to save lives and reduce fatalities. That’s what Lance Corporal Kugler was doing that night.”

Over the past several weeks the community embraced Kugler’s journey. As the support grew, so did his drive to keep fighting, Highway Patrol said.

“It has been a long three weeks and he’s fought hard and come back from a lot of adversity,” said Capt. Brown.

Friday was the next step of Kugler’s recovery as he was escorted out of the hospital by troopers and sent home.

“We were here from the beginning and we will be here until the end,” said Capt. Brown.

South Carolina Highway Patrol said they are taking Kugler’s recovery one day at a time and will continue to support him and his family in anyway possible. Captain Brown told 7NEWS the agency will welcome him back with open arms when he is ready to return to work.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Roger Seawright with hit-and-run with great bodily harm, hit-and-run with minor personal injury and driving the wrong way on a divided highway. He is currently being held in the Greenville County Detention Center with no bond.