2009-07-10 / Community

Sergeant Smith Honored At City Hall

New York City police Sergeant Timothy Smith of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway was honored by Councilman James Sanders Jr., NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, and the New York City Council on Tuesday, June 30 at City Hall.

Smith was honored for the valor he showed on January 15, 2009, when he was contacted to calm an emotionally disturbed person (EDP). At the scene, the EDP stabbed Smith in the eye and head, and injured the officer's fellow partners. After being stabbed, Smith was rushed to Jamaica Hospital and later, to Bellevue Hospital. Smith's injuries were seen as life threatening and permanently crippling.

"Not every hero wears a cape and flies through the skies. Some of those heroes put their lives on the line and pay a terrible price to protect you and me. Sgt. Timothy Smith was that hero and he sadly suffered a permanent disability. On behalf of the community which he grew to love and in return, loved him, we honor Sgt. Timothy Smith," said Councilman Sanders.

Smith walked out of Bellevue Hospital on May 16, 2009 without the aid of another person, four months after the incident. His doctors and family members did not expect him to walk or even talk again, but because of his determination, he was able to prove them wrong. Dr. Shailaja Kalva, his rehabilitation physician, was proud to say that Smith's unwavering and positive attitude throughout the process played a significant role in his recovery.

The EDP was later charged with attempted aggravated murder, first degree attempted murder, three counts of assaulting a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon. If he is found guilty of all charges, he will spend 25 years in prison.

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