COLUMBUS (WCMH)–The Columbus Division of Police is recognizing one of its officers after he used his own money to help a domestic violence victim and her son.
Police said Officer Don Paden is the “PRIDE of CPD” after he bought a hotel room for the woman, who was shot in the face early Wednesday. She was on her way to Pennsylvania from California, police said, when her son’s father allegedly shot her in the face.
After the shot was fired, the driver pulled over, and a boy who was inside got out and ran away, according to police.
Police said the man then tried to chase the boy, possibly firing shots in his direction. The man was injured when he was clipped by a passing vehicle.
Paden spoke to NBC4 on Thursday and described the 12-year-old boy’s actions as “heroic.”
“He was incredible with what he did…he saved his mother’s life through his efforts. It was amazing,” Paden said.
Paden and the boy talked for some time, and the officer was so impressed by his actions that he told him to come back and apply to be an officer with CPD.
“I told him that the type of bravery he showed is the type of bravery we want in people to be Columbus Police officers.”
Paden said there was really no thought to buying the family a room for the night–it was just the right thing to do.
“You know I’ve always been taught to treat others the way that you want to be treated. …Through my faith and with my relationship with Christ, I emphasize that even all the more, that I really try to focus on treating people the way I want to be treated,” he said.
“My heart went out to them. I just thought, if that was my son, if that was my nephew, if that was my sister if that was my wife…what would I want someone to do? What would I want a police officer to do for them? …there wasn’t any thinking about it. “
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