Officer, Kennedy, Hanan discussed on Jim Bohannon

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Camera Kimble. Hanan talk six fifty s. Welcome back to the Jim Bohannon show as we talk with Ralph Friedman, the author of St. warrior, it is his story as New York's most decorated police detective, there's a picture here. That's dated August first nineteen Eighty-three. Caption reads in y PD radio car that collided with my unmarked car in my career. My father was almost killed in a car wreck. It looks very much like that car. I gotta tell you what happened. Well, I just got back from a motorcycle trip house down in Virginia Beach because I always wrote a Holly of duty. And I just got back. I used to do mostly driving. I'd say I did about eighty five ninety percent of the driving and steady partner and that night we went on patrol while looking for collars, and my partner TIMMY, Kennedy was driving and we received a call of a ten thirteen which an officer was calling. So wasn't like she came just from the communications bureau with somebody calling in a fake radio run. This was the real deal that cop needed help and was calling for instance. So right away. Everybody responds at a high rate of speed, and you just want to get there and help the officer. So we started going it was south from us. But we had to go west first. So we were gonna heading west on Bedford talk, and we were gonna turn left to go south on Drome avenue. And we had the light and filing going and at the same time. There was a marked radio called on Moore. There was a mock radio call being driven by a rookie and female officer was in this please call and they were coming from the north heading south on Jerome. And they had the light filing on. Also, we never knew who had the red light or the green light. And not that it matters. But at that intersection. They hit me in the passenger side because I was on the right side caught from where the radio call was coming from north and they hit me right in my I never saw them coming. Never felt it. It totally destroyed and demolished the cars, you could see. Yeah. And if I had my seatbelt on we that was sort of new and we didn't wear seatbelts because we always jumping out of the car to grab a subs back to talk somebody for a weapon of drugs, you had to be very mobile very fast. So we didn't wear seatbelts and I didn't have seat belts on. And that's actually what saved my life. Because if you could see from the picture which picks you have exactly but the call guys like creased in half the roof came down. It would cut me up. And everything was thrown under the dashboard did hit me on the right hip. I shouted my hip and one hundred pieces, and I broke twenty three other bones. And I went I was unconscious. They said for only about a minute or two and then went into shock. So I really don't remember anything, and they will tell me I was talking to offices and they were trying to comfort me. And try to get me out, but they had to call the fire department, which was just finishing up a job. They had to pull them off a job come and cut me out of the car and get to the hospital, which I wound up in the hospital for over two months. The other offices were all injured little broken bones laws Tiv stuff like that. But they won't treated and released within like twelve hours. I got stuck in the hospital for like, two and a half months. Wow. And then when I left, you know, I still had to learn how to walk again in a I caught things in the hospital. You know, you catch blood do the phlebitis. He get the Monja. It was just it was horrible. You know, when I was checking out they they didn't even recognize the wrong patient 'cause I lost like almost sixty pounds. You know, two and a half months. I was there. You know, I really took a hit, you know, it was one of these things that really knocked the wind out of my life. You know, and you know, at that point on, you know, I never thought I'd retire. But I really didn't have a choice because I couldn't run around anymore. Like, I used to I had to put all my efforts to learn how to walk again and get my health back, but I left the job in a wheelchair job treated me. Very, well, I'll always be grateful thankful for that. They treated me very well. And my union the took care of me, very well. And it was, you know, a long road to recovery and my girlfriend at the time by me, and I'm still with us today. I want to we don't have time here. But when we come back, I'm going to ask you about.

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