Monday 28 May 2018

Hero Irish cop cheering on Dubs days after meat cleaver attack

Brian O’Donnell (p) was applauded leaving the hospital after being treated
Brian O’Donnell (p) was applauded leaving the hospital after being treated

David Kearns

Days after he was savagely attacked with a meat cleaver in downtown Manhattan, heroic detective Brian O’Donnell is cheering on the Dubs as they face off against Mayo in the All-Ireland final.

The Dublin-born dad-of-three (43) is watching the game from his home in New York while recovering from surgery following a frenzied attack by Akram Joudeh (32), who left the NYPD detective with a six inch scar along his face after he slashed him with an 11 inch blade.

“He’s doing well, he’s back in the house in Long Island with his three kids and his wife,” said brother John, who runs the well-known Crush restaurant at the MGM Casino in Las Vegas.

“He’ll be cheering on Dublin in the All-Ireland with Mayo,” he told the Sunday World.

Originally from Raheny, though they grew up in Offaly, Brian and his brother moved to the United States as teenagers.

Dad-of-three Brian moved to New York in 1993 and has worked at the NYPD’s 19th Precinct for 16 years, following three years in the US Navy.

The family regularly return to Ireland and last month spent a week in New York with two of their sisters, who still live in Dublin, said brother John.

He told the Sunday World of how he spoke to his younger brother hours before he underwent surgery on Wednesday.

 “I asked him what happened and he just said ‘it’s what I do’ and changed the subject. He laughed and said he might get a couple of days out of it in Las Vegas.

“In that moment what he did, it was heroic, but it’s what he does. He wasn’t trying to be a star,” he added.

“He sees the officers and the perp going one way with the cleaver – it wasn’t even his precinct – my brother hit him like a freight train. It was second nature to him,” said John.

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