In late 2005, Detective Weigt was shot while conducting a high-risk stop, following a drug related shooting; he awoke three days later to find that he was paralyzed from the chest down. He received a Distinguish Cross and a Police Star for his work as a first responder that day and continues to work for the Peoria Police Department as detective investigator in the robbery unit. Detective Weigt's will to make a difference in the face of tragedy, is a demonstration of strength and inspiration in his community. He has coordinated numerous fundraising events for local officers who have died in the line of duty and has been a motivational speaker at about 20 different organizations and schools. He has also been coaching youth football for the last eight years and took his team to the National Championships in 2007.