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NYPD Detective Kevin Brennan Rings NYSE Opening Bell After Surviving Shooting

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Officer Kevin Brennan (credit: NYPD)

Officer Kevin Brennan (credit: NYPD)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A beaming detective Kevin Brennan rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, knowing he is lucky to be alive after being shot in the head while trying to arrest an armed robber.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb On The Story

That was less than a month ago in Brooklyn.

“Did you ever dream you’d be ringing the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange when you were wrestling that guy down?” asked WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb.

“No. Absolutely not. I didn’t think anything like this would ever happen,” answered Brennan.

Police commissioner Ray Kelly called the honor accorded Brennan well deserved.

“Kevin is a hero in every sense of the word. We thank God that it turned out the way it did. We’re all extremely proud of him,” said Kelly.

Brennan’s wife Janet was standing next to Brennan, holding their daughter, as the detective rang the bell.

“Tell me about how you feel about what’s going on here. Are you pretty amazed that this is like your 15 minutes or what?” asked Lamb.

“I wish it wasn’t, to be quite honest with you,” she said. “It’s not a good reason that you have 15 minutes of fame. I wish our lives could go back to, you know, a month ago.”

How are Brennan’s wounds healing?

“I’m feeling a little bit better every day. I have some headaches and some pain in my neck and shoulders, but I’m going to therapy and every day, I feel a little bit better,” said Brennan.

The traders on the floor gave a standing ovation of approval to detective Brennan. He smiled broadly, waved, and shook hands with everybody.

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