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DPD officer's post on saving 7-year-old boy: 'He's why we do what we do'

Chris Rabior describes rushing 7-year-old boy to hospital after shooting

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DETROIT – A Detroit Police Department officer who was involved in helping save a 7-year-old boy who was shot in the leg Tuesday night took to Facebook to describe the scene and talk about why he chose to be a police officer.

Officer Chris Rabior posted that near the end of his shift Tuesday, he found himself holding the 7-year-old boy in the back of the squad car as it sped to the hospital. Rabior described being covered in the child's blood while giving updates to dispatch on their progress.

He also talked about the dangers of being a police officer in general, and why he chooses to do it anyway.

Here's the full Facebook post from Rabior, which was posted at 10:34 a.m. Wednesday:


"I know a lot of people wonder why the hell I would ever want to work as a police officer in Detroit. It's an absolutely crazy place to work. I've been shot at. I've been assaulted. Pretty good odds my nose has been broken once or twice. I've seen terrible things. I know the smell of gunfire, the smell of death, the smell of decomp. I've had to listen to firsthand accounts, and see the results first hand, of how horrible people can be to one another. I've been the focus of hatred directed towards me solely based on the uniform i chose to wear. I've been threatened by gang members. I've been promised shootings by people we've caught on felonies that "next time, we're gonna bang it out".

Just prior to what should have been the end of my shift, I found myself lifting the nearly lifeless body of a seven year old boy from the back of our scout car and onto a stretcher for staff waiting on his arrival. My partner expertly drove at ludicrous speeds to get him there while I gave his mother instructions on how to control the bleeding between giving updates to dispatch on our ETA and location. I don't even know the boy's name. I don't know his mother's name. My hands should have been busy tapping away at a keyboard, writing a report about the four guns we got off the street earlier in the shift. Instead my hands were covered past my elbows in the blood of a child.

He made it through surgery. He's listed critical due to his age and the amount of blood he lost. But he's alive.

I don't know his name, but I'll never forget his face. He's why we do what we do."


Torrey Craft, the man police were searching for in connection with the shooting, turned himself in to police Wednesday afternoon. Officials said Craft had fired shots after an argument with his girlfriend, who lives in the 3600 block of Fairview Street on Detroit's east side, where the shooting happened.

Here are some pictures from the shooting scene: