Two NYPD officers will be released from Jamaica Hospital after being shot at the beginning of the week.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell
They went home just in time for the Thanksgiving dinner they always remember.
Two of New York’s finest men, injured in a Queens shootout earlier this week, got a hero’s exit from Jamaica Hospital Thursday morning.
After surviving the brush of death while responding to a domestic violence incident at Springfield Gardens, District 105 officers Christopher Wells and Joseph Murphy were released from the medical center on November 26. They were shot by an armed suspect, Rondel Goppy. Rondel Goppy was shot dead by another corresponding police officer.
Wells had a gunshot wound on his leg and broke his femur, while Murphy had a gunshot wound on his hand. Both men require surgery and require weeks of physical rehabilitation to recover.
When the nurses escorted them from the hospital, the two police officers met their loved ones — and with a big applause from a large masked crowd of their colleagues, including police chief Dermot Shea.
NYPD pipes and drum bands also won for the cops who survived their trials.
I wish them a quick recovery and a happy Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/OFguXMaqmj
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 26, 2020
“Both of these officers have a long way to go before them and there is a lot to thank for this Thanksgiving,” Shea said.
Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Charity Association, was also there to greet the injured police officer when he was released from the hospital. He said Tuesday’s case showed the type of risk that all NYPD officers face in their obligation to protect New Yorkers.
Report by Lloyd Mitchell
Two police officers injured in Queens shooting go home for Thanksgiving
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