Officer bonds with young girl paralyzed during drive-by shooting
Former NOPD officer Daniel McCreary, who saved the 7-year-old's life after the shooting, helped fly her and her family out to a "Shop with a Cop Event"
By Ashley Silver
NEW ORLEANS — Two years ago, a 7-year-old girl in New Orleans was rushed to the hospital after being caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting. Today, the brave NOPD officer who jumped in to assist is continuing to make a difference in her life.
According to WWLTV News, Chlo’ee Williams was playing outside after school when she was hit by gunfire that severed her spinal cord.
Former NOPD officer Daniel McCreary used his U.S. Army training and a first aid kit to render aid and ultimately save Chlo’ee’s life.
“She asked me if she was going to die when I first got there. I told her no that it wasn’t that bad. She was going to be OK,” said McCreary, who is now a detective in the Crime Reduction Unit in the Burien Police Department in Washington state.
Through Chlo’ee’s challenges, including losing the use of her legs, Officer McCreary stayed in touch. He was there when she got out of her long stay at Children's Hospital one year after the shooting.
“I think it's important to show Chlo’ee that support. She means a lot to me. It was a crazy day, and it's a day that's going to stay with me forever,” McCreary told the news platform back in 2021.
This year, the Seattle Southside Chamber decided to help Chlo'ee as well. They partnered with McCreary and raised money to fly Chlo'ee, and her mom, Leronisha, to Seattle for "Shop with a Cop."
Detective McCreary and his fellow officers bought toys for Chlo'ee and served as a bright spot for their family during the holiday season.