First off I want to say thank you to everyone who contributed with well wishes to the thread my wife made found
I am home, my daughter wont leave my side, I am sore but I am alive and I am home.
So here is what happened. I am dispatched to a residence for a child who fell down some stairs. On arrival I find the child at the bottom of the
stairs with an obvious deformity to his right femur. I get down by him and ask him what happened. I notice his eyes move to look at his step father. I
ask him if he really fell down the stairs or if someone did this to him. He whispered to me "help me, he hurts me"
I get on the radio and ask for police to come to the scene. In hindsight I probably should have had my partner take over patient care while I went
outside to make the call, but I did not. The father over heard me and that is when things get crazy. I notice him leave the room but my focus is on
helpping this kid.
I then feel a pain I have never felt before. A very intense burning pain goes right through my upper back and out by my shoulder. I dont remember
hearing the gun shot at all,, all I remember is the pain. I jump ontop of the kid and begin to pull him into another room to take cover. My partner
was able to knock the gun out of the mans hand and subdue him until police arrived.
A second ambulance was called for me and I was treated and taken to the hospital. The child was taken in another ambulance. My blood pressure began to
rise and I knew I was going into shock. At the hospital they discovered a hemothorax which was collapsing my lung. I was rushed into surgery and it
was found that an artery was hit by the bullet causing the blood to pool in my chest and abdominal cavity. They fixed the artery and cleaned out the
wound. A chest tube was put in place as a safety measure in case the stitches some how broke or came loose.
My partner was un harmed physically but mentally he feels he is to blame for not watching my back. I have told him over and over it is not his fault.
Now I am home still having trouble breathing a little cause It hurts to take in breaths. The muscles around the injury site are very sore. I have not
been able to sleep real well since everytime I close my eyes the incident replays in my head, I swear last night I even heard a gunshot in my bedroom.
I will be meeting with a counselor on Friday to discuss what happened.
I have spoke with the mother of the child on the phone and it is her belief that the man was targeting her son. He has been abusive in the past to
both him and her and a few days before this happened he threatened to shoot them both. She is very grateful that I was there to help her son. I have
heard rumblings that she is going to be investigated by child protective services because she knew this violent behavior was going on yet did not
The child succesfully had surgery on a compound femur fracture and is expected to make a full recovery.
I cant thank you all enough who took the time out to read the thread my wife made and all the kind words you have expressed. There are too many of you
to list but you know who you are. You all deserve some applause. I have been here on ATS for almost a year and I now feel like I am one of the
Now that I have alot of down time I expect to be hitting the threads and forums hard.