A Lengthy Island cop who was stabbed and critically injured by a drunken driver obtained a hero’s welcome as he left the hospital Monday.
Suffolk County Police Officer Christopher Racioppo, who was stabbed within the leg through the April 10 scuffle in Patchogue was wheeled out of Stony Brook College Hospital, the place his household, a whole lot of cops and several other authorities officers gave him a spherical of applause.
“Blissful to go house,” the cop informed reporters, as bagpipes blared within the background.
In an extended assertion learn on his behalf, Racioppo stated he “will now start the street to my lengthy restoration.”
“I’m proud and can all the time be a proud SCPD and former NYPD officer,” he stated, “and I’ll proceed to serve my neighborhood after my restoration.”
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In a press release, Suffolk County PBA President Noel DiGerolamo known as Racioppo’s restoration from the doubtless deadly wound — a severed femoral artery — “a miracle.”
“The swift motion of his fellow officers and the wonderful medical care offered right here at Stony Brook saved his life,” DiGerolamo stated. “Our officers put themselves in hurt’s approach every time they report back to obligation. Officer Racioppo’s accidents are a stark reminder of these risks.”
Suffolk County Government Steven Bellone added: “He’s a hero for what he did that evening, and all of the officers for the way in which they responded.”
Racioppo was wounded after pulling over a 1999 Mercedes Benz that was driving erratically — and crashed into one other automobile at South Ocean Avenue and Brook Avenue when the motive force tried to flee, in response to authorities.
The driving force, recognized as Jonathan Nunez, 25, allegedly jumped out of the Benz and started preventing with the cop — stabbing him through the fracas.
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Nunez was grabbed and held by two good Samaritans as different cops responded to the scene, whereas Racioppo was rushed to the hospital in essential situation.
He was initially taken to Lengthy Island Neighborhood Hospital however was transferred to Stony Brook, the place he underwent life-saving emergency surgical procedure.
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“There’s some good on the earth right now,” retired NYPD Det. JR Recupero, who helped maintain Nunez after he attacked Racioppo, stated Monday after the wounded cop was launched from the hospital.
“The quantity of instances that law enforcement officials are underneath the gun, more often than not you hear about issues not going so effectively, otherwise you hear that a ‘excellent storm’ is often being utilized in a nasty context,” Recupero stated. “It is a excellent storm in a wholly totally different approach. It’s so optimistic that I can’t imagine it.”
Nunez was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, driving whereas intoxicated and resisting arrest and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday,
This report initially appeared within the New York Publish.