Woburn officer accepts 'top cop' honor in Washington
WASHINGTON (WHDH) -- A Woburn officer took the stage in our nation's capitol this weekend to be honored as one of the country's top cops.
Officer Mark Gibbons saved a fellow officer in a shootout during a jewelry store robbery. This weekend he talked about that frightening day and the honor that brought him to Washington.
"I'm more afraid right now than I was that day,” he said.
Officer Gibbons, who stepped in and opened fire after fellow Officer Robert DiNapoli was shot several times, was honored by president Obama for his heroism.
"I was very lucky, very lucky to survive,” Officer Gibbons said. “I feel officer DiNapoli is also a top cop. He shot, like, I think five times."
Eight months after the shooting officer gibbons says he's honored by the recognition.
"Well I'm just, um, proud of being nominated for the award,” he said. “I'm surprised by it. I'm proud of my department, my city, and I'm especially proud of my family, my wife and my kids. They were with me after the shooting; I couldn't have got through it without them.”
A total of 34 police officers from around the country were honored in Washington D.C. over the weekend.