A Norfolk police officer shot in the line of duty received a special award on Monday.
Donald Burns, a veteran sergeant, was shot while responding to a call of an armed man acting strangely in Ocean View.
“I was shot in the chest … amazingly, I knew that I was shot I knew, instantly that I was OK,” he told WAVY.com
Burns survived thanks to his bullet proof vest.
Point Blank Enterprises, the company that sells the vest, presented him with a special framed drawing and challenge coin.
It’s something they do for every officer shot in the line of duty wearing one of their vests.
“When I hear something about a sergeant who’s had 43 years on and was wearing our vest I was very thankful that he had it on cause like sarge said, a lot of old timers don’t wear the vest.” said Michael Beaver with Point Blank Enterprises.
Even Sergeant Burns admits, “I know there were times in the past where I didn’t wear my vest, the vest had gotten to the point of being old and uncomfortable.”
But now he knows what getting shot feels like. “In my case, it felt like somebody had punched me in the chest.”
And how lucky he is, “If I wasn’t wearing a vest, I’d be dead.”
Point Blank Enterprises now presents 25 to 30 of those awards each year to officers shot in the line of duty wearing their vests.
Norfolk police ended up shooting and killing the man who shot Sergeant Burns during that incident last summer.