UPPER DARBY, Pa. (CBS) — The alma mater of wounded Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett is continuing to keep him in their prayers as he recovers.
Monsignor Bonner Archbishop & Prendergast High School is a small tight knit community.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Primary 2022: GOP Intervenes In 11th-Hour Pennsylvania Senate Race Lawsuit
When word of what happened to Officer Jesse Hartnett spread, it hit some there especially hard.
So they’re now trying to help in the best way they know how.
“I first thanked God that he’s still here because he could have been killed,” Marge Roccio, secretary to the school’s principal, told Eyewitness News.
Roccio has worked at the school for nearly 27 years.
She says she remembers Jesse Hartnett, Class of ’01 at then-Monsignor Bonner High School, very well.READ MORE: Delaware Governor Carney Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Bill
“Very mannerly, always came in and said hello,” Roccio said.
Ofc. Hartnett was shot three times in the arm on 60th and Spruce Thursday, January 7th.
Philadelphia Police called the attack an ambush and the FBI has just confirmed it’s investigating the shooting as a terrorist attack.
According to investigators, the alleged shooter Edward Archer told detectives he shot Hartnett in the name of Islam.
Hartnett is now recovering at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.MORE NEWS: Police-Involved Shooting Being Investigated In Absecon: Authorities
His father, Bob Hartnett, tells Eyewitness News Jesse still has a long road ahead and the family is taking it one day at a time.