Philadelphia Police Officer Edward Davies, critically wounded in the line of duty last August, is speaking out about his struggle to survive and the lifesaving efforts of fellow officers and doctors at Temple Hospital, reports CBS.
"I heard a 'boom', that's when I stood up, felt a hotness in my body, and just knew right there I was shot," the seven-year veteran told CBS 3's Walt Hunter in an exclusive interview.
Davies was shot point blank with a high-powered handgun inside a Feltonville store where he and other officers were trying to subdue an armed suspect.
"I said, 'listen, you gotta' get me to the hospital now, I've just been shot,'" Davies says he told his fellow officer, who scooped him up, put him into her car and raced him to Temple Hospital.
Doctors now say the wounded officer's window of survival could have been measured in seconds, rather than minutes, and they credit the actions of Davies' fellow officer with saving his life.