Montgomery County Deputy John Foster, who was injured in Philadelphia July 4th shooting, honored by colleagues

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania — A Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy was honored Thursday morning, three days after he was shot in the shoulder during July 4th celebrations in Philadelphia.

John Foster, 44, was one of two officers who investigators believe were injured by falling bullets.

Philadelphia Police Officer Sergio Diggs suffered a laceration to his head.

“We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, or maybe we were in the right place at the right time,” Foster said Thursday.

RELATED: Philadelphia police don’t believe officers in July 4 shooting were intended targets

Foster was in good spirits and good health when he accepted an award for his service.

“I just can’t thank you enough from the bottom of my family’s heart and mine for the outpouring. I just have to say thank you,” he said.

During a news conference Wednesday, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Frank Vanore said the two .40-caliber bullets were fired from the same gun and likely traveled from “quite a distance.”

Vanore said he didn’t think the officers were the intended targets.

RELATED: 2nd bullet found after officers shot at Philadelphia Fourth of July celebrations

The injured officers were standing at the foot of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but not side by side, when the shots rang out around 9:45 p.m. Monday.

A law enforcement source said Foster thought someone had slapped him on the back. Until another officer looked at him, saw the blood and told him he had been shot.

Anyone with video of the fireworks or the time of the shooting is asked to send it to police.

A reward issued earlier this week for information leading to the shooter has grown to $42,500. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 215-686-TIPS.

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