A Folcroft police officer shot seven times Friday morning had hoped to attend last night's Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field, even giving a shout-out to the country singer in a video filmed from his hospital bed Saturday.
"Hey, Kenny, don't forget me," said part-time officer Christopher Dorman, who is expected to make a full recovery, after thanking fellow police and the medical community.
Chesney didn't forget him, setting aside a few moments during the show to acknowledge Dorman. Unfortunately, the country music star incorrectly told the crowd the 25-year old police officer had died.
"Before we get going with the rest of the show, last night, a Philadelphia police officer was shot seven times," Chesney began in a video captured on social media. "In the hospital on his bed...he passed away, but before he passed away he made a video that he wanted to come tonight so bad, and he said, 'Kenny, please don't forget me.'"
In a statement released Sunday morning, Chesney said he was caught up in the moment and misspoke.
"I think the emotions got the best of me - and I wasn't as clear as I could've been," he said. "The idea that a hero like that, with seven bullets in him, would even think about me... I heard about it right before I hit the stage, and it stopped me in my tracks."
Following the blunder, the Folcroft Police Department called on Chesney via a series of tweets to correct his error, writing, "[Kenny Chesney] just said that officer Dorman passed away...THAT IS FALSE. HE IS ALIVE AND WELL!!"
On Sunday morning, however, Folcroft Police tweeted that Chesney had called Officer Dorman to "apologize and wish him the best." The department added, "How cool is that? #Dormanthedelcolegend."
Dorman was dispatched Friday morning to the 1500 block of Elmwood Avenue in the small Delaware County borough after a report of a drug deal. Shortly after arriving on the scene, authorities said, Dorman was shot by 33-year-old Donte Brooks Island in the face, in one of his legs, in his groin, and four times in his chest.
Island, who fled the scene, was found Friday afternoon after a three-hour manhunt, and arraigned Friday night on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault.
Dorman is still at Penn Presbyterian Hospital recovering from multiple surgeries. A candlelight vigil for his recovery was held behind Folcroft Borough Hall Saturday night.