AKRON, Ohio -- Three weeks after he was shot multiple times while in the line of duty, a Uniontown police officer is headed home from the hospital.
Sgt. David White was released from Summa Health in Akron Monday morning. He had been in the ICU since July 9, after he responded to a domestic violence call and was shot in the wrist, back and abdomen.
"I was in bad shape. Like I said, I was alert and I knew I was in bad shape. And I was going downhill fast and I knew that also," White said. "I thank Uniontown fire for the response I got getting me here, giving me those few minutes to give them those few minutes to help me. So I didn't come through those doors dead, I came through alive."
He was greeted by applause during the news conference. White spent time thanking the community, his family, neighbors and especially the staff at Summa.
"I have seen the care, and the concern and the compassion from everyone here," White said. "I found the best possible care you can get anywhere in the world."
White said he's most looking forward to petting his dog, saying he's talked to her on the phone a few times.
Despite being seriously injured, Sgt. White was able to stay calm. Police Chief Harold Britt said White was able to take control of the scene and called dispatch to report he had been shot.
White underwent several surgeries and still has two bullets lodged inside his body. He wasn’t able to eat for about two weeks.
He is now eating and walking again.
Although he has a long road to recovery ahead of him, White's doctors feel he is well enough to be released. White does not know when he will be able to return to work.
"There's a lot of work ahead," White said.
Donations can also be made to Sgt. Dave White at the Consumers National Bank.