Members of Mothers United Against Violence gathered in front of Hartford’s public safety complex to thank police for their service and to offer support for the Hartford police officer stabbed in the line of duty Thursday.
“We just wanted to show that people here in Hartford do love and respect the police department and we are concerned about their safety,” said Rev. Henry Brown.
Officer Jill Kidik was critically injured Thursday when she was stabbed in the neck while responding to a landlord-tenant dispute in a luxury apartment building. She is currently recovering from life-altering injuries at Hartford Hospital.
“This young lady could have lost her life, and that's a scary thought,” Brown said.
Those she serves expressed their support for her through prayer and song.
Hartford Police Chief David Rosado said the public display of support is helping the department cope.
“This is a part of our healing process,” Rosado said. “You are holding us up today and with that I'm saying that I thank you. This means a lot to all of the members of the police department,” he added.
Police said Kidik opened her eyes Friday morning surrounded by friends and family, and is recovering.