“I felt bad for him and tried to give him a break…When I went to arrest him in the car, I heard my Sergeant yell my name. When I looked down I saw gunshot flashes and heard multiple gunshots, 6 of them hit me…I died I could see them working on me, and met a familiar woman who comforted me, that turned out to be a relative that had died years before….” Profiles In Courage – Shot 6 Times And Barely Survived – Retired Police Detective Mario Oliveira, in this episode of the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Podcast.
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Retired Police Detective Mario Oliveira talks about the incident when he was shot 6 times, point blank and died twice during surgery. He talks about the struggles that injured law enforcement officers face after debilitating line of duty injuries. Mario also discusses how he tries to help others with the Violently Injured Police Officers Organization.
Detective Mario Oliveira is retired from the Somerville Police Department where he served for 17 years. Just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, Mario Oliveira was serving an arrest warrant in Somerville when he was shot six times in the chest, stomach and arm at point-blank range by a gun-trafficking suspect. He was transported to the Hospital where he underwent multiple surgeries by Dr. David King, a trauma services doctor who is also famous for his work on victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.
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Mario’s heart stopped twice on the operating table but ultimately the surgical team was able to save his life. Five months later, he returned to work but suffered a heart attack in November 2011 and learned he would no longer be able to serve as a police officer due to the severity of his injuries from being shot the year before.
Since that day, he has dedicated his time to educating and assisting other law enforcement officers and their families on the inherent dangers of police work and how to cope with the tragedy of being seriously or fatally injured in the line of duty. He is on the board of directors for the Violently Injured Police Officers Organization. Detective Oliveira is also the Executive Director of New England C.O.P.S.
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