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Berkeley County deputy reaches milestone after being shot multiple times

Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis greets Cpl. Kimber Gist in this file photo. (Source: Live 5).jpg Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis greets Cpl. Kimber Gist in this file photo. (Source: Live 5).jpg
Cpl. Kimber Gist is pictured at her graduation ceremony at CSU (Source: Live 5) Cpl. Kimber Gist is pictured at her graduation ceremony at CSU (Source: Live 5)
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

A Berkeley County deputy who was shot in 2016 has received her master's degree.

Cpl. Kimber Gist of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office graduated from Charleston Southern University Saturday with a master’s degree in criminal justice.

"It feels amazing," she said. " It's been a struggle. I had to focus on something besides my incident and the only thing that gave me that outlet was to make sure that I continue with my education."

Gist said she couldn't have done it without the support of those around her.

"Thank you to everyone! My family, my friends, all my coworkers,” She said. “They knew it was a long struggle with working all night and then coming to work all day and doing school work. They were all there for me."

Cpl. Gist was shot 8 times in the line of duty in 2016 by a suspect.

Gist suffered gunshot wounds to her ear, lip, hip and foot on an early February morning after approaching a car with two people inside.

She spent a week in the hospital and underwent five surgeries.

Despite being in the hospital, Gist never missed a single assignment.

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