PHILADELPHIA – A police officer shot several times near Philadelphia got a call from country singer Kenny Chesney with an apology for announcing at a concert that he had died of his injuries.
Chesney gave a shoutout to Officer Christopher Dorman at Saturday’s concert in south Philadelphia but mistakenly said he had died.
“Before we get going with the rest of the show, last night, a Philadelphia police officer was shot seven times. In the hospital on his bed … he passed away, but before he passed away he made a video that he wanted to come tonight so bad, and he said, ‘Kenny, please don’t forget me,’ ” Chesney said at the show.
Folcroft police tweeted Sunday that Chesney “just called … to apologize and wish him the best” and said “he wants to take him to a football game and get some beers.”
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“It was a great conversation, just in typical Chris fashion took it in stride, was laughing about things,” Sgt. William Bair told WPVI-TV.
Chesney confirmed the call on his Twitter page, saying Dorman was “doing great.”
“Told him we’d watch an Eagles game & have beers one day. Here’s to a speedy recovery!” he said.
WPVI-TV reported that Chesney said in a statement that during the concert he got “caught up in the moment” and “the emotions got the best of me.”
Dorman was supposed to attend the concert before he was wounded, and in a video the station aired before the concert Saturday, he said, “I’d like to thank all the police, paramedics and the doctors – and hey, Kenny, don’t forget me!”
Authorities said Dorman was shot in the face, leg and groin Friday morning as he approached people suspected of smoking marijuana behind an apartment building, but he’s recovering. A man was arrested later in the day and charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.