PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia police officer was released from the hospital today after he was wounded in the line of duty.
Officer Paul Sulock walked out of Temple University Hospital on Thursday afternoon as several officers greeted him and paid their respects.
Sulock and his partner interrupted a confrontation between two men in Kensington on Wednesday morning.
One of those men fired and hit Sulock in the leg.
“It speaks volumes of their bravery, as well as their commitment to public safety and their commitment to protecting and serving. We are ever so thankful that he was able to walk out of here,” said Commissioner Richard Ross.
Despite the gunshot wound, police say Sulock chased down one of the suspects. His actions did not go unnoticed by his peers.
“That was just amazing what he displayed yesterday,” said Roosevelt Poplar, the vice president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police. “His training kicked in, and he continued to pursue the suspect, apprehended him, and thank God everything turned out the way it turned out for him.”
Officer Sulock is a 10-year veteran of the force. He was surrounded by his loved ones and family in blue as he was released from the hospital.
“Many of the veterans know this is something that we do but still I would imagine when it’s you something very different when you come out and see all these officers saluting paying tribute to you,” said Ross.
Putting their lives on the line is a risk the men and women in blue are willing to take and they’re just glad one of their own is able to see another day.
“It’s something that he undoubtedly replays over and over again. Fortunately, no one died particularly him and his partner,” said Ross.
Charges are expected but police have not released the identity of the two men who were arrested.