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Charles Lodatto

As they awaited a medical helicopter last July, paramedics stripped down Arlington Detective Charles Lodatto. He had been shot near his groin while trying to arrest 17-year-old murder suspect Tyler Holder in Saginaw.

Unaware of the seriousness of his injuries, Lodatto turned and joked with a colleague about his Tommy Hilfiger underwear that was exposed. His buddy looked back at him as if he had seen a ghost.

He almost had. The bullet had hit an artery and Lodatto lost a great deal of blood. A tourniquet may have saved him from bleeding to death.

Lodatto said recently that he didn’t feel that much pain and never truly thought he was going to die. But while he was slipping in and out of consciousness, he said, he apparently told another officer to take care of his wife and family.

At the hospital, he was overwhelmed by visitors. So when he thought about visiting Burns in the hospital, he eventually decided against it after he recalled how exhausted he was from greeting all of his well-wishers.

Lodatto returned to work in late October and is physically close to normal. In December, he had to serve a warrant on another 17-year-old, who was suspected in bank robberies. He found the man hiding behind a mattress in his grandmother’s garage. Lodatto said the Saginaw incident played in the back of his mind when he approached the man, but he got through it.

“It was touch and go, but when it was over, I thought, I needed that,” he said. “I needed to make sure I could do that.”

Lodatto, who describes himself as a “youthful 46,” said the shooting brought him closer to his family and he used his faith to help him get back to normal. He acknowledged that the shooting was a setback but said, “All trials come with improvement.”

Chad Davis

Granbury police Officer Chad Davis said the most difficult part of being shot in June was that he survived - and Hood County Sheriff’s Deputy Lance McLean didn’t.

“Evidently, by God’s grace, it wasn’t my time to go,” he said.

The gunman who killed McLean, whom Davis knew, opened fire a second time on a number of officers and deputies in June after he pulled into a Granbury City Hall parking lot. Davis drew the man’s attention and was hit in the arm; the bullet went through his back. Another bullet ricocheted off the concrete, spraying fragments into his leg and knee, wounds he didn’t notice right away.

He said his training kicked in, and he thought he’d be fine.

“It didn’t even cross my mind that the bullet could’ve went through my heart and I’d only live five more minutes,” he said. “I just thought, ‘I’m OK, I’ll go get treatment.’”

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