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Blue Line of Support As Cop Leaves Hospital After Shooting

Blue Line of Support As Cop Leaves Hospital After Shooting

Officer Robert Salerno gets hero's greeting outside hospital. [AP]

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

April 07, 2010

BRONX – Brave cop Robert Salerno got an enthusiastic show of support from his fellow officers as he left a Bronx hospital Monday – just two weeks after a crazed gunman nearly took his life during a wild shootout.

Smiling from ear to ear, Salerno, 25, was wheeled out of Lincoln Hospital by fellow Officers Robert Klein, Daniel Robbins and Sean Fitzpatrick – who rescued their wounded comrade during the March 22 gun battle.

Dozens of officers cheered wildly to assure Salerno – the first cop shot in the line of duty this year – that his heroism was not in vain.

“It’s the brotherhood,” said one cop. “Got to take care of our own.”

The shooting occurred when Salerno and the other cops were summoned to Park Ave. in Melrose, where a home health aide Yesenia Rodriguez was being beaten and threatened with a gun by Santiago Urena, whose advances she had rejected.

When the cops arrived, Urena, 57, opened fire, striking Salerno twice in the abdomen.

The bullets ripped through the cop’s front left side and blasted out of his right back side. A third bullet lodged in Salerno’s protective vest .

Urena was shot and killed by the cops’ return fire – including 16 shots from Salerno.

Soula Priovolos, the trauma surgeon who first treated Salerno, said the shots caused damage to his small and large intestines, bladder and nerves in his right leg.

Still, Salerno – sporting sunglasses, a white T-shirt and blue jeans – looked completely at ease Monday. He hopped into an ambulance with his brother, heading to a rehabilitation center in White Plains.

“It’s a very good day,” said Salerno’s father, Joseph. “We just ask for everyone’s help and continued prayers.”


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    uncledennis1

    about 4 years ago

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    Speedy recovery hero.

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    nracfi

    about 4 years ago

    96 Comments

    Quick recovery ofc. Salerno!

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    maverick823

    about 4 years ago

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    Good Job Guys!!!!!

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    fernandez

    about 4 years ago

    144 Comments

    Get well soon brother.

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    Texlawman

    about 4 years ago

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    We need more of this support for injuried officers! Speedy recovery my brother!

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    mark27dh

    about 4 years ago

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    nice .. get well brother! Cheers from here

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    Irishcop1961

    about 4 years ago

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    Speedy recovery Officer Salerno.

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    about 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    Cool.

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    gumby63857

    about 4 years ago

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    Fantastic. Continued prayers for a complete recovery.

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    RescueNanny

    about 4 years ago

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    Awesome!!

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