Retired SCMPD officer honored for helping save stabbing victim

Retired SCMPD officer honored for helping save stabbing victim

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - The victim of a weekend stabbing on Tybee Island is recovering and back on his feet Friday, and he's saying "thank you" to the man he credits with saving his life.

Huc-A-Poo's employee Danny Rapposelli was stabbed by a customer who refused to pay his bar tab last week.

That's when military veteran and retired Savannah-Chatham Metro officer David Dauphinee stepped in. That night, he happened to be riding along with his son who is a Tybee Island Police officer.

While his son captured the suspect, Dauphinee applied a tourniquet to help stop the bleeding before paramedics arrived to take Rapposelli to the hospital.

Friday, the injured Huc-A-Poo's employee and the Tybee Island Police Chief honored Dauphinee at the restaurant. He says he's no "hero," but was just at the right place at the right time.

"There were no second thoughts about it. There were no second thoughts about being a hero. I just did what came naturally to me, and I'm glad that I was able to help someone live, that's all. I'm just a humble guy," said Dauphinee.

Rapposelli had surgery on Saturday and will undergo another operation next week. He hopes to be back at work soon, but Fridahy he's just thankful to be alive.

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