PHILADELPHIA (AP/KDKA) – An officer shot several times near Philadelphia got a call from country singer Kenny Chesney with an apology for announcing at a concert that he had died of his injuries.
Chesney gave a shoutout to Officer Christopher Dorman at Saturday’s concert in south Philadelphia but mistakenly said he had died.
“Before we get going with the rest of the show, last night, a Philadelphia police officer was shot seven times. In the hospital on his bed…he passed away, but before he passed away he made a video that he wanted to come tonight so bad, and he said, ‘Kenny, please don’t forget me,'” Chesney said at the show.
In a press release, Chesney later explained he had gotten caught up in the moment and wasn’t as clear as he could have been about the officer’s condition.
“The idea that a hero like that, with seven bullets in him, would even think about me… I heard about it right before I hit the stage, and it stopped me in my tracks,” Chesney said. “Someone whose life was on the line, and after all that bravery? As anyone in the stadium knows, I kept pausing, trying to collect my thoughts.”
Folcroft police tweeted Sunday that Chesney “just called … to apologize and wish him the best” and said “he wants to take him to a football game and get some beers.”
— Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) June 26, 2016
Chesney confirmed the call on his Twitter page, saying Dorman was “doing great.”
“Told him we’d watch an Eagles game & have beers one day. Here’s to a speedy recovery!” he said.
Authorities said Dorman was shot in the face, leg and groin Friday morning as he approached people suspected of smoking marijuana behind an apartment building, but he’s recovering. A man was arrested later in the day and charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.
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