FORT WORTH -- A huge sigh of relief Wednesday as Fort Worth Officer Xavier Serrano was released from the hospital. It's just five days after he and a fellow officer were caught in crossfire.
Rookie Officer Ray Azucena went home shortly after the shooting, but Serrano was shot several times in the upper torso, arms, and shoulder. The eight-year veteran needed surgery and had to stay at John Peter Smith Hospital.
"Everyday at JPS, we see these kinds of situations as a level one trauma center. You take care of the toughest of the tough," explained President and CEO of JPS Hospital, Robert Earley.
During the chaos, two paramedics played a critical role getting Serrano to safety and ultimately saved his life.
"We don't often get to see the outcome of anybody we bring in, whether it’s positive or negative. So, to see this and see him go back to his family is amazing,” said Emergency Medical Technician, Nate Preissinger.
Many officers gathered outside to show their support for Officer Serrano, including Matt Pearce who knows all too well about the road to recovery.
"I’ve known Officer Serrano for a while now, and he's a pretty quiet guy,” Matt Pearce said. “He doesn't show much emotion, but I know that he appreciates it and he’s glad he’s going home."
Safe to say, it's a happy ending when one of the men in blue gets to go home.
"We would like to thank everyone that has prayed for Xavier’s safety and healing," his wife, Carolyn Serrano, said. "I believe those very prayers and our faith played a big role in a series of events that resulted in saving his life."