SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A special fundraiser is planned for Friday night in Salisbury for a former Lexington police officer who was shot while on duty in 1992. David Parde was left paralyzed as a result of his injuries.
"God's not going to give me any more than I can handle, so I just need to shut up and handle it," Parde told WBTV.
Parde told WBTV that at the time, he didn't even realize that he had been shot, but simply thought he had fallen down.
"I was hearing my partner yell 'David's been shot, David's been shot, run!' So I'm like, shot? I haven't been shot, I just fell," Parde remembered. "And in an instant I thought 'oh my gosh, I have been shot.' I started yelling 'call my momma, call my momma.' And all of a sudden, the sun comes out, and it's the most beautiful day, the sun is shining, and it's so quiet it's deafening. It is so silent that my ears hurt, and that grass that I thought needed to be cut was the prettiest green grass that I've ever seen. I looked over to the side of me, and I count one, two, three, four, five, six. I count six brown feet standing about so high off the ground with a white robe draped across each set of feet."
The next thing Parde remembered was hearing the voice of his partner.
"He was yelling 'talk to me Dave, talk to me,' and I said 'well I'm fine Scott, the angels are with me,' and I heard myself take my last breath of air, and that's when I drowned in my own blood."