Officer who was stabbed at Flint airport: 'It feels great to be here, period'

Posted at 9:51 AM, Jul 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-04 20:32:00-04

The police officer who was stabbed at Bishop International Airport in Flint last month says he is grateful for all of the support from the community and beyond. 

"It feels great to be here, period," said Lt. Jeff Neville at a Fourth of July parade in Fenton on Tuesday. 

The suspect in the attack, Amor Ftouhi, is accused of slashing Lt. Neville in the neck. 

"It was an attack from the rear, it was very sudden," said Lt. Neville. "I truly think it was over in 10 seconds... that's how fast it happened." 

He says there are many people to credit for subduing the suspect. 

"I'm getting a lot of attention because I was wounded, but this was a team effort," he said. 

The officer largely credited a maintenance man at the airport who he said took the suspect down quickly after the attack. 

"If the maintenance man hadn’t been walking beside me, I wouldn’t be here talking to you today. He is a hero, honest to god," he said. "He’s a maintenance man, that’s not his job. He told me that when it first happened, he just reacted, and the way that he reacted was spectacular, because the way that he grabbed the guy, he locked him up so he couldn’t stab anybody else."

As far as heading back to his job, Lt. Neville says he plans on it. 

"We got things to do," he said. 

When asked if he had any limitations with the injury to his neck, Lt. Neville joked: "I have to be really careful when I shave." 

Watch the full interview in the video player above.