SAN ANTONIO – It was an emotional day for the Balcones Heights Police Department and Methodist Hospital Texsan as police sergeant Jose “Joey” Sepulveda returned to the hospital where he recovered following a shooting.
Sepulveda was shot multiple times in the line of duty while responding to a call for a burglary. Wednesday was a day to honor the sergeant’s recovery and the quick life-saving actions by his partner along with those on the hospital staff.
“Thank you. Thank you for their fast actions. And their training, there’s just not enough words to express the gratitude that myself and, you know, everybody else in my family, you know, can express. There’s just no words,” Sepulveda said.
Wednesday’s day of celebration took place at the same roundabout where Sepulveda’s vehicle pulled up three months ago when he had multiple wounds.
“The backseat passenger pulled out a gun, a handgun and fired. He fired once, hit me in the neck and then continued to keep firing,” Sepulveda said.
The sergeant and his partner were just responding to the call and it escalated quickly.
“A lot of adrenaline goes through,” Officer Edgar Ortiz said.
Ortiz worked quickly, scooping up his partner and rushing him to Methodist Hospital.
“If it wasn’t for him, I would not be here. You know, out of all this, he is a true hero,” Sepulveda said.
“I do have some EMS experience. And, you know, an EMS can only get to these places so fast. And he had seconds,” Ortiz said.
The staff at Methodist Hospital was prepared and rushed in to save Sepulveda’s life.
“He had a large wound on his right elbow. He had one to shoulder and he had one in his in his neck as well,” Dr. Umar Khan said. “This was a little special for me, it’s special and on another level because he, you know, police, fire, EMS, emergency, we’re all one family, so this took a little more intensity, I guess, from all the staff, because it’s one of ours.”
Sepulveda walked around, smiling, hugging and laughing. He said he won’t let this situation stop him from protecting his community.
" I’m not going to have an incident like this end my career. It’s going to be ending on my terms,” Sepulveda said.
He said if everything works out well and with the chief’s blessing, he hopes to be back in June.