Bellport cop honored by house
Tom Wilson, a Suffolk County police officer and Bellport resident, was recently honored by Rep. Lee Zeldin on the floor of the House of Representatives. Wilson was awarded a Silver Shield Award from the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association and a combat medal from Suffolk PD
On April 13, 2018 Suffolk County police officer Thomas Wilson responded to a 911 hang-up call, to possibly check on the welfare of a person having difficulty breathing, according to the PBA.
When he arrived, Wilson heard movement within the apartment, but received no response when he knocked on the front door. He looked through a window in the door and saw a man inside. Wilson knocked again and identified himself as a police officer, then heard a female voice yell, “please help, he stabbed me.”
The officer yelled that he was going to force open the front door, at which time it swung open and Wilson was facing the man, who was holding a bloody knife. The man began to move toward Wilson, forcing him to retreat and draw his weapon. Wilson gave several orders for the man to drop the knife, but the man placed the knife against his own throat, begging Wilson to shoot him.
Wilson attempted to establish a dialogue with the subject to deescalate the situation, but the man continued to make suicidal threats. He went back into the apartment, still holding the knife, and said, “If you won’t kill me, I’m going to finish the job.”
Believing there was a stabbing victim within the apartment and fearing the man was going to kill her, Wilson followed the man inside the apartment. Wilson saw the woman lying in the hallway bleeding profusely from several wounds. The man continued to move closer to the woman in the hallway while pointing the knife at the officer and ignoring commands to stop and drop the knife. Wilson thought that shooting the man could endanger the woman, who was directly behind him. Wilson pulled out his Taser, hitting the subject and stopping him just before reaching the woman.
Wilson was then able to secure the knife and handcuff the man. He then began to administer first aid to the woman, who was bleeding from wounds to the neck, hands and arms.
“Officer Thomas Wilson disregarded the risk to his own life several times during this incident,” the PBA said in their announcement of the award. “He made intelligent tactical decisions which kept the female victim safe as well as facilitated the arrest of an armed subject. His ability to supply first aid to the female victim suffering a near-fatal carotid neck wound clearly saved her life.”
“While this is an extraordinary act of heroism, those who know officer Wilson are not surprised,” said Rep. Lee Zeldin.
Wilson has also been an advocate for the Zadroga Act, which provides medical care to victims of the 9/11 attacks. He has also advocated for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
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