PENSACOLA, Fla. – Jeremiah Hogue, a Ok-9 handler for the U.S. Military stationed at Fort Rucker in Enterprise, Alabama, was at work Friday morning when he obtained a textual content from his spouse.
“It is advisable name your mother,” the textual content learn.
When Hogue known as his mother, he instantly obtained information of the unfathomable.
“She simply stated, ‘Hey, I simply needed to let you realize there’s an energetic shooter on NAS Pensacola,’ and as quickly as she stated that, my coronary heart dropped,” Hogue recalled Tuesday in an interview with the Information Journal. “I stated, ‘The place’s dad?’ And she or he stated, ‘Your father obtained shot.’ She was getting choked up, beginning to cry, and she or he paused, and I actually thought my coronary heart was going to cease. Then she stated, ‘Your dad known as me and stated he had been shot.’ “
Jeremiah’s dad, Charles Hogue, is retired from the Navy and works as a police officer at NAS Pensacola. He and a companion had been the primary two regulation enforcement officers on scene Friday when a gunman opened hearth inside a classroom constructing on base simply earlier than 7 a.m.
The gunman, recognized by authorities as a second lieutenant within the Royal Saudi Air Pressure, in the end killed three folks and wounded eight earlier than he was shot and killed by Escambia County Sheriff’s Workplace deputies.
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Charles Hogue was shot as soon as within the thigh, his son stated. His companion was unhurt. Hogue was capable of help different folks within the constructing earlier than escaping, and was picked up by an Escambia deputy who took him and one other wounded particular person to the hospital.
“The ECSO deputy informed me that after my dad was shot, that they had carried him out of the constructing and he was behind a police automotive that transported him to the hospital,” Jeremiah Hogue stated. “He was serving to the deputy get off base, as a result of the deputy did not know the instructions, and he was additionally administering support to one of many Navy officers that had gotten shot, all whereas he himself was shot within the leg.”
Once they arrived on the hospital, Charles Hogue – who “could be a bit cussed at instances,” in accordance with his son – tried to stroll into the emergency room by himself, however medics obtained to him rapidly and assisted him into the constructing. He underwent emergency surgical procedure for the bullet wound.
Jeremiah Hogue arrived on the hospital simply as his dad was getting out of surgical procedure, and was relieved to be taught that his father’s accidents weren’t life-threatening. He was in good spirits and speaking to household, and was overjoyed to see his grandson, Jeremiah’s 4-year-old son Ashton.
“Household is every thing to him,” Jeremiah Hogue stated.
Hogue was discharged from the hospital on Saturday and is dwelling recovering in Pensacola. He is anticipated to make a full restoration.
Hogue was certainly one of three regulation enforcement officers wounded within the assault Friday. Two ECSO deputies had been additionally shot – one within the arm and the opposite within the leg – and each deputies have been launched from the hospital and are anticipated to get well as properly.
Jeremiah Hogue stated his dad is a humble man who has shied away from being known as a hero. He would not like consideration, and would like to be behind the scenes more often than not. Within the days after the capturing and after having been launched from the hospital, he’s simply making an attempt to get again to regular.
“He appears to be in excessive spirits. He seems like his standard self,” his son stated. “I am certain it hasn’t actually sunk in but, however he is holding his head excessive. He has rather a lot to be happy with, I imagine he helped rather a lot throughout that scenario. He was influential, being the primary one there.”
Jeremiah Hogue stated his father wished he might have performed extra, however that he was extraordinarily happy with his dad and is aware of that his actions saved lives that morning.
“The actions he did on that day converse volumes of my dad’s character,” he stated. “All of us knew the type of man he was, however what he did on Dec. 6 simply proved it to us.”