PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Walking in with a smile on his face, Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett met friends, colleagues, and complete strangers who waited for hours to see him Thursday night.
Members of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police held a silent auction and dinner to honor Hartnett, who is still recovering after being ambushed and shot multiple times in the arm on January 7th.
Authorities say 30-year-old Edward Archer, of Yeadon, admitted to the shooting in the name of Islam. Archer is currently behind bars.
FOP President John McNesby spent time getting to know Hartnett at the hospital.
“He’s very overwhelmed,” McNesby said of Hartnett at the dinner.
On Wednesday , a group of NYPD officers made the trip to Philadelphia to visit Hartnett. Officer David Sherogan was there and came to the FOP benefit Thursday night.
“It was just a phenomenal time the way that we were just able to meet up with him, just to shake his hand and say hey thank you very much for doing your job and to understand that we’re here for you,” Sherogan told Eyewitness News.
The proceeds from the silent auction will go directly to help Officer Hartnett get back on his feet. He’ll be out of work for some time but plans to return as soon as possible.