Smith Gets NYPD Medal Of Honor
Police Sergeant Timothy Smith, who was gravely wounded by an emotionally disturbed Far Rockaway man in January of 2009, was awarded the department’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor, by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at a ceremony on Tuesday.
Smith survived a stabbing in his eye, brain and chest by the deranged man, whom he was trying to subdue.
The kitchen knife wielded by Neil Perreira pierced Smith’s left eye and struck his brain. He could barely speak when he was rolled into a Manhattan trauma center.
Over the next few weeks, Smith lost his ability to speak and walk. He survived several grueling surgeries, including draining blood from his brain. His eye was removed to staunch the bleeding to his brain.
Doctors told Smith’s wife that he would face a long and difficult convalescence, and that he might never be able to live a normal life.
Smith proved them wrong, walking out of Bellevue Hospital in May of 2009, only four months after the January 15 attack.
Perreira has been charged with attempted murder, but is currently under treatment in a mental institution where he will remain until he is stable enough to face trial.