Officer goes back on beat
Constable Todd Martin is remarkably pragmatic about being stabbed in the face while on the job.
He holds no animosity towards the man who attacked him. "I'm not angry at him. It's happened and that's life."
The incident occurred at 10.20am near Bastion Point on October 7. A Mt Wellington man was later arrested in Mission Bay.
The man has been remanded in custody until October 29 (East & Bays Courier, October 11).
Mr Martin, 47, was at the Newmarket police station when he heard about an incident in St Heliers. The majority of his nine and a half years in the police have been as community constable for Mission Bay and St Heliers.
"It sounded like a normal road rage incident with a cyclist having a verbal with members of the public for whatever reason."
He thought it might be someone who had come to police attention in previous weeks. He went to the scene and spotted two officers with the 38-year-old man outside a WWII bunker overlooking Tamaki Yacht Club.
Mr Martin started talking to the man who was initially "exceptionally polite".
"The boys did nothing to agitate him, I did nothing to agitate him and he wasn't under arrest."
Out of nowhere the man pulled out a knife and stabbed him through the side of his nose. His first thought was for his colleagues.
"I couldn't see them.
"I thought the boys had been stabbed as well and that was a really big fear for me."
He was also concerned about the danger to the public.
"I had visions of him running a rampage through Bastion Point."
As it transpired the man was arrested within 25 minutes and no-one else was hurt.
Mr Martin is full of praise for the way his fellow officers handled the situation.
"The priority was to find the offender and everyone reacted very professionally."
Mr Martin underwent two and a half hours of surgery at Auckland City Hospital.
The knife went through the side of his nose and came very close to puncturing his mouth but deflected off a bone. It missed all the vitals which is a "small miracle", he says.
Mr Martin is recuperating well and will be back on the job in a couple of weeks.
"I love community policing.
"I'm passionate about it and I work with a really cool group of people."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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