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CHICAGO – Former Chicago Police Officer Jim Mullen has been an inspiration ever since he survived being shot in the face nearly 20 years ago.

On October 16th, Officer Jim Mullen was shot an duty with a 357 magnum.  A bullet to the face made him an instant ventilator quadriplegic.

But that didn’t stop him or his positive outlook.

Today he celebrated his 50th birthday by giving away his locally produced applesauce.  He and his wife Athena, a police sergeant, and other family and friends handed out applesauce inside Union Stations.  Not just any applesauce – his mom’s recipe.

A portion of the proceeds of every sale goes to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

His challenges are many but with the help of voice-assisted computer, Jim runs the business.

Mullens applesauce is now available at stores across Chicago, including Jewel, Mariano’s, Whole Foods, Treasure Island, County Fair, Amazon and Peapod.