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NYPD Officer Saves His Sergeant's Life by Defying Her Orders

July 07, 2010  | 

NYPD Officer James Atkins disobeyed a direct order from his sergeant - and it saved her life. Sgt. Grevirlene Kersellius, 42, was recovering from a brain aneurysm at Roosevelt Hospital on Tuesday, her prognosis good, because Atkins insisted on rushing her to the hospital when she complained of a bad headache.

"Thank you for not listening to me," the tearful 19-year NYPD veteran told Atkins.

"She looked bad and I made the decision to take her straight to the hospital," said Atkins, 41. "When I found out what it was I was like, 'Wow!'"


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