NEW YORK – A New York City police officer severely wounded in a brazen daylight hatchet attack received the NYPD's highest honor Tuesday.
Officer Kenneth Healey was awarded the Medal of Honor. Healey and three other officers were patrolling a bustling Queens commercial district last fall when a man charged them with an 18-inch hatchet.
Healey was gashed in the head. Officer Joseph Meeker was hit in the arm.
A bystander was wounded by a bullet when police shot and killed the suspect. The man had ranted against America online.
Healey needed numerous surgeries after suffering a shattered skull. He returned to the force more than a year later.
All four officers were honored. Meeker received the Medal of Valor.