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Cop gashed in head in hatchet attack receives Medal of Honor

Posted at 4:27 AM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 18:10:20-04

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.