Teen Thanks HP Police Officers Who Saved His Life

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- A High Point teenager who was stabbed in the neck and torso last month helped honor the police officers who saved his life.

Seventeen-year-old Javontae Murray was stabbed on February 20 on Furlough Avenue in High Point.

Master Police Officer Chris O'Toole was the first officer to arrive on scene.

"When I first pulled up, the intersection there was pretty chaotic, there were people running in all different directions, and it just happens I got out of my car and saw the victim lying on the porch, basically in the lap of his friends and he was very bloody and he was unresponsive when I first got there," explained Master Police Officer Chris O'Toole, High Point Police Department.

Officer Joshua Mears was the second officer to arrive.

"There was literally so much blood it was covering his pants so we had to survey the rest of the body to make sure there weren't any other wounds which there ended up being," explained Officer Mears.

Officers O'Toole and Mears were quickly joined by Master Police Officer Omarr Byrom and Officer Brandon Land. Officer O'Toole was a medic in the military and Officer Land says he is thankful for his leadership that afternoon.

"To have him there as our point man, we filled in wherever he needed us to do. We were his kind of extra pair of hands and it took several, five, six, sets of hands to get the job done so we knew his history, knew he was in good hands, and kind of followed his lead," explained Land.

Murray was unconscious, but stable, when he arrived at the hospital. He had emergency surgery. One week later, doctors released him.

"I am so thankful. God just sent angels one-by-one, I'm just very grateful to be here," said Murray.

At Monday's City Council meeting Murray hugged and shook hands with each of the men who helped save his life.

The officers were given the 'Lifesavers Award,' by High Point Police Chief Marty Sumner, and City Manager Strib Boynton.

"I'm just glad that we could be there, a lot of cops do things everyday, a lot of firemen, EMS do things everyday and you don't know what lives you get to impact, and we just got to be thanked today," said O'Toole.


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