On July 7, the Montgomery County Commissioners honored Officer John Foster, the veteran deputy with the county sheriff’s office who was injured on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on July 4. CBS3 Philly was one of many outlets — local and national — covering the story.
Officer Foster was one of two policemen hurt that night. The potentially mortal incidents involving them happened in the 2500 block of Spring Garden Street at around 10 p.m., after a free concert and during a large-scale pyrotechnics show.
Officer Foster was struck in the shoulder by a bullet, after Officer Sergio Diggs was glanced in the head with one while walking to toss trash in a nearby can. Miraculously, the shell lodged in his hat, aside a funeral Mass card from Chaplain Steven Wetzel that Officer Diggs had tucked there.
Both men were treated at Jefferson University Hospital that night and released.
At the Norristown commissioners‘ ceremony honoring him, Officer Foster said, “We were lucky in that account. We weren’t targeted. We were just happy to be in the wrong place in the wrong time, or the right place at the right time, I don’t know.
“Either one, we were fortunate enough to walk away with just a few scratches.”
The shots were not characterized as a targeted attack on law enforcement officers; rather, ballistics experts are considering that they may have come from more than a mile away and been fired in an intended celebratory manner.
No suspects have been identified; a $20,000 reward for information has been issued by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5.
Further details on the close call for Officer John Foster is at CBS3 Philly.