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Detroit Officers Praised for Bravery During Station Attack

Detroit Officers Praised for Bravery During Station Attack

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

February 11, 2011

DETROIT – The Detroit police sergeant rushed to the commander’s office.

Cmdr. Brian Davis had been shot. He had made it down a hallway to his office and collapsed in his chair.

Sgt. Marcellus Ball asked where he was hit. Davis leaned. Blood covered his back and side.

“I didn’t think,” Ball said Thursday, remembering Jan. 23, the day a gunman terrorized the front lobby of the station housing the 6th and 8th precincts. “I didn’t have a chance to get nervous.”

Ball took off his shirt and applied pressure to Davis’ wound.

With no time to waste, Davis was rushed to the hospital in a scout car. Ball was with him in the backseat.

With blood still flowing and his shirt soaked, Ball used his hip to apply pressure to Davis’ wound.

Davis and the other three injured officers survived. And on Thursday, the foursome and several of their comrades were honored by police and city officials.

“I don’t think these men and women that protect us go out looking for accolades,” Mayor Dave Bing said during the ceremony. “They just do what they do every day.”

Davis, speaking publicly for the first time, said the camaraderie and solidarity in the department are unstoppable. “I’m sure all of us would get up there and do the right thing,” he said. “We are all heroes.” Officials, ‘Detroit 1-8-7’ honor officers’ bravery; some still struggle to feel safe at work

Several Detroit police officers who took action after a gunman began firing inside a police station last month were honored for their service Thursday.

Four officers — Cmdr. Brian Davis, Officer David Anderson and Sgts. Ray Saati and Carrie Schulz — were injured in the attack by Lamar D. Moore.

Moore, 38, was struck five times and killed. According to toxicology reports the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office released Thursday, there were no drugs or alcohol present in his system at the time of his death.

Mayor Dave Bing said residents need to be thankful for the officers.

“They are the reason — the primary reason — why our city is going to come back and be the comeback city of this nation,” he said.

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