The last officer who cheated death in a wild Easter Morning shootout is going home today.
As he was flanked by fellow officers from the elite Emergency Services Unit of the NYPD, he reached up to shake hands and smile back at the faces beaming at him. "Thank you, take care!" Detective Keenan said over the thunderous applause that filled the Lutheran Medical Center's lobby.
Current and retired officers came to the send off. Among them, Lt. Corey Cuneo, a retired officer. "He's the guy you want with you if you do a job like this. I'm glad he came out in one piece," said Cuneo.
Dr. Eli Kleinman, the NYPD's private surgeon summed up the injuries, "He's very fortunate even though this was a soft tissue injury and a fracture, this was a brush with death and it could have been otherwise."
As Keenan was lifted to a waiting ambulance in his wheelchair he shared a few words for all those who've spent days praying for his recovery, "Thank you very much for everything. I really appreciate it. I want to thank the hospital staff, the nurses, the doctors. I really appreciate it."
Career criminal Nakwon Foxworth had a stash of illegal weapons and ammo and squeezed off a dozen shots at an Emergency Services Unit team after his the girlfriend and baby bolted from the apartment.
Detective Kenneth Ayala was released Monday after being treated for two gunshot wounds to the thigh and foot. The other two officers shot were treated and released on Easter morning.
Dr. Kleinman said he couldn't remember ever treating four officers for one shoot out before. "Some of these encounters were millimeters away from death, so we're really fortunate."
Keenan is returning to his North Shore Staten Island home to his wife, also a retired officer, and children.
Despite the celebratory feeling today sending an officer home safely, with eight officer shot since December, and nearly a thousand guns taken off the street of New Year, this can feel like a battle all of New York is losing.