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Police Officer James Atkins disobeyed a direct order from his sergeant - and it saved her life.
Sgt. Grevirlene Kersellius, 42, was recovering from a brain aneurysm at Roosevelt Hospital on Tuesday, her prognosis good, because Atkins insisted on rushing her to the hospital when she complained of a bad headache.
"Thank you for not listening to me," the tearful 19-year NYPD veteran told Atkins.
"She looked bad and I made the decision to take her straight to the hospital," said Atkins, 41. "When I found out what it was I was like, 'Wow!'"
She and Atkins, with 20 years on the job, are assigned to Transit District 3 in Harlem.
They were racing to a call of a man with a gun June 20, lights and siren blaring, when Kersellius felt excruciating pain in the front of her head and the back of her neck.
"It was like I had a ton on my head and I couldn't hold it up," recalled the mother of three boys.
They reached 96th St., and Atkins bolted from the driver's seat into the station looking for the gunman.
Kersellius said she mustered all her strength to follow her partner to make sure he was okay.
That's when Atkins noticed she was in distress.
She told Atkins she wasn't feeling well and ordered him to take her back to their office.
"Sarge, I'm taking you to the hospital," he said. She insisted on going to the office, but he was even more insistent.
"He was driving and holding me up, saying, 'Stay with me, Sarge!'"
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/07/07/2010-07-07_quickthinking_cop_saved_sarge_by_defying_her_order.html#ixzz0t1P8SKle
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