FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A member of the Fayetteville police department was at the scene of the terrorist attack with her father Thursday in Nice, France, the Department said.
Detective Silvia Jordan was vacationing in Nice with her father at the time of the attack.
Jordan, who is originally from Italy, was uninjured in the attack but her father was hit by the truck.
Jordan’s father, 71-year-old Gaetano Moscato, lost his leg during the attack and was taken the hospital with “tremendous bleeding.”
“He’s still there. He will have to have some additional surgeries. But we feel that Silvia’s actions helped save his life,” said Lt. Todd Joyce of Fayetteville police.
The 14-year police veteran used her sweater as a tourniquet to help stop the bleeding from her father’s leg. He is is serious but stable condition, officials confirmed.
“She’s been here a little over 14 years. We came through the academy with one another, so when we started hearing this last night our heart breaks for her. It breaks for everyone who was affected by this attack,” said Joyce.
Neighbor Bill Austin has known Jordan for years and said she travels to Italy several times a year to visit family. He called Jordan a neighbor and a friend.
“To find somebody that close to us was injured, just kinda hits home,” Austin said.
Officials said a Tunisian man drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 people and wounding 202 others.
Thursday night’s massacre of pedestrians leaving a fireworks display along the southern city’s famed boulevard ended only after police killed the armed attacker in a hail of bullets.
Video shot by witnesses shows the truck coming under police gunfire as it drives through an intersection along the palm tree-lined Promenade des Anglais, which had been turned into a pedestrian walkway for the independence day celebrations.
Crowds flee in panic, taking shelter in shops, hotels or leaping off the elevated pavement onto the beach below. Police finally surround the stationary truck and fatally shoot its driver.
Police identified the attacker as Mohamed Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Nice resident and delivery driver, and said he had drawn a gun on them.
The truck’s front windshield was riddled with bullets, Bouhlel’s body slumped inside.