CORNELIUS, NC (WJZY) - They say being part of the force is like a family - but last May a shooting involving one of their own made that bond for the Cornelius Police Dept. even stronger.
Now, four officers are being honored for their service that night.
On May 2, 2015 Cornelius police officers responded to a call for service - one that would change their department forever.
"It's a dangerous situation. Every call for service we go on, our senses are heightened but I would say now they are more heightened, every interaction we have," Lt. James Quattlebaum said.
Lt. Quattlebaum was responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home on Coachman's Drive when he was shot in the abdomen by a 16-year-old. His fellow officer returned fire at the teen.
"Officer Hines' actions are part of the reason him and I are still here," Lt. Quattlebaum explained.
Along with Quattlebaum and Hines, two other officers sprung into action- going beyond the call of duty.
Now, the Town of Cornelius is recognizing all four officers for their service.
"It was wonderful to have the support at home and the support at the police department, and like the Chief said earlier, the outpour of support from the community that we got was amazing," Lt. Quattlebaum said.
Each were given medals of honor for their work that night - with the department honoring Lt. James Quattlebaum with the purple heart.
"It's kind of surreal I guess. It brings back a lot of memories. I think it's a good thing for my family and the families of everyone else to be here tonight," Lt. Quattlebaum said.
Lt. Quattlebaum said every call could be dangerous but he believes they were prepared that day.
The teen who fired at the officers was wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time of the shooting. He's now facing an attempted murder charge.