An Arlington Police officer wounded in the line of duty is expressing gratitude for all the support he's received in the weeks afterward.
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An Arlington police officer wounded in the line of duty is expressing gratitude for all the support he's received in the weeks afterward.
Officer Eddie Johnston was wounded while assisting Saginaw police serving a murder arrest warrant in late April.
Johnston hopes to be back on patrol in early June. On Thursday morning, he and his wife Kristi expressed their gratitude to the community for all the support they've received.
"The calls, the texts, the visits, everything has been phenomenal," said Kristi Johnston.
"Just thank you to everybody for the support," Officer Johnston said.
Johnston is a former Army medic who served in Afghanistan. He said he'd been shot at while serving and aided soldiers wounded in battle. However, he says being shot is much different than you might think and far different from any Hollywood depiction of it.
However, Johnston says his medical training kicked in. He knew he was hit, but wasn't sure where or how badly. He was able to return fire and realized that he would be okay.
He was most concerned with informing his wife about what happened. But Johnston says he wouldn't change anything that happened that night.
"It's a passion of mine to serve, it's a passion of every officer to serve," Johnston said. "I think this is what we hired on for. It's just part of, I don't want to be cliché, just part of the job."
The Johnston's have two young children and say they're grateful for all the meals and help they've received. But are especially blessed the night Johnston was shot and in his recovery.
"He was able to use his skills and his training," said Kristi Johnston. "He was able to return fire, and his number one goal every night is to come home to his family and he was able to do that."
Joel McCommon, 23, is accused of attempted capital murder in Johnston's shooting. He is also charged with capital murder in the death of a Saginaw teenager.