Officer Saw A Tire Mark On The Man’s Chest When Arrived At The Accident Spot.
“I would love to meet him to shake his hand and introduce him to the three month old and two year old who will continue to have a daddy thanks to the Officer’s career choice.”
Today, Joshua Roe got the chance to meet GPD Officer Jack Salafrio, shake his hand and introduce the officer to his wife and kids.
In early January, GPD responded to Mr. Roe after he reported that he was run over by his vehicle which had been stolen. He was delivering packages to elderly residents at the time.
Officer Salafrio was the first to arrive and actually noticed a tire mark on Mr. Roe’s chest after apparently being run over. Officer Salafrio and others worked the incident and kept Mr. Roe calm while Gainesville Fire/Rescue and Alachua County Fire Rescue could arrive and provide medical care.
Three juveniles would eventually be arrested in connection with the case – the driver was charged with attempted homicide.
Roe considers Salafrio to be his savior.
“Officer Salafrio was first on scene and thus aided in saving my life.” Roe said. “I was bleeding internally and his quick response then radioing EMS for an all clear/scene secure. He helped keep me calm and located my phone so I could call my wife when I was so broken I could not move. I would love to meet him to shake his hand and introduce him to the three month old and two year old who will continue to have a daddy thanks to the Officer’s career choice.”
The two were reunited at GPD’s Headquarters Thursday afternoon.