Action News’ Sharrie Williams talks one-on-one with Philadelphia officer Sergio Diggs following July 4th shooting

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Philadelphia Police Officer Sergio Diggs is a true example of someone who faced great danger and survived to tell the story.

“I have a deep laceration and abrasion from the front of my forehead to the back along the right side of my head,” Diggs said of his injuries sustained on the night of July 4th.

The 14-year veteran was at his post on the Ben Franklin Parkway near the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Thousands of families enjoyed the celebrations as he said he had an eerie feeling.

“I actually spoke to one of my colleagues about what we would do in an instance of an active shooter situation, maybe just half an hour before it happened,” he said.

Thirty minutes after that conversation, Diggs felt a heavy hit on his head, as if someone had hit him.

“I describe it as if a boulder had fallen from the sky. It almost knocked me off my feet. That’s how hard it was,” Diggs said.

Colleagues saw the blood and took Diggs to the hospital.

“I didn’t realize I was shot until I got to the hospital and I was made aware of the cartridge that was in my hat,” he said.

The bullet grazed his head and thankfully never pierced his skin.

A frightening moment that he can now freely talk about.

“I will still put on my uniform every day and go to work to serve because I love doing it,” Diggs said. “I am very grateful that I was able to come home to my family. You are the reason I come here and try to make a difference.”

Diggs says when he makes a full recovery he will have no qualms about returning to duty.

“As soon as I’m ready to come back, I’ll be back,” he said.

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