One year ago, New York City Police Officer Eder Loor was responding to a 911 call in East Harlem when the 26-year-old man that he and his patrol partner had just apprehended plunged a three-inch knife into Officer Loor’s temple. The blade, which entered just behind his left eye, went to the base of his skull. Incredibly, Officer Loor was able to pull the knife out of his head and keep pressure on the wound until paramedics arrived and brought him to The Mount Sinai Hospital.
Joshua B. Bederson, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, and his team performed life-saving surgery and, 15 days later, Officer Loor was released from Mount Sinai to cheering crowds, accompanied by his wife, Dina, and the couple’s 5-year-old daughter. Officer Loor, now a father of two, remains on leave from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), but recently was promoted to detective.
On Tuesday, March 12, the NYPD Honor Legion awarded a certificate of merit to Dr. Bederson; Michael McCarry, RN, Senior Vice President of Perioperative Services and Vice President, Operations, at Mount Sinai; and Lisa Wagner, BSN, NP, MA. The awards were presented by Detective Oscar Hernandez, President of the NYPD Honor Legion—the oldest fraternal organization in the police department—in appreciation of the medical team’s outstanding efforts.
“It is a tremendous honor to get this award,” Dr. Bederson told guests, “but the two individuals who truly deserve to be honored are Eder Loor and his NYPD patrol partner, Luckson Merisme. There were many members in the Mount Sinai team who helped Officer Loor, starting with Michael McCarry, who was able to clear an operating room within minutes, and my nurse practitioner, Lisa Wagner, who was instrumental in his care.”
Dr. Bederson continued, “But, there is one special person whom I must mention—Officer Loor’s wife, Dina, who was five months pregnant on the day her husband was stabbed. Dina continues to be an absolute rock supporting Eder and their family.”