Family grateful for outpouring of support for wounded Bremerton officer
SEATTLE -- The family of a wounded Bremerton police officer will never forget the call that came early Sunday morning.
Their father had been wounded in a gun battle.
"As a law enforcement family, it's the phone call you dread -- it's the one that you don't want to get in the middle of the night or ever ... and it came for our family," Travis Mayfield, a morning host for Q13 News said in an interview with the station on Friday. "It was awful, but we are so grateful that the person on the other end of the line said, ' Your dad is alive.'"
Officer Kent Mayfield, who spent the last 27 years with the Bremerton Police Department, was shot in the stomach in a gun battle with a man who emerged from a car with pistols in both hands. Mayfield is recovering in the hospital.
His son said his father is making progress and is in good spirits.
Officer Allan McComas, who has spent a year and a half with the Bremerton Police Department, was also wounded. He has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
Police killed the gunman.
In a way, the Mayfield family has been lucky. Kent Mayfield survived.
Travis Mayfield said when other families get that call in the middle of the night, the news is that a father, a husband, a wife, a mother is dead.
The family has been struck by what has occurred after the shooting.
"What has been incredible over the last couple of days is to witness the outpouring of support and love and prayers," Travis Mayfield said.
"To have complete strangers call you dad a hero is something that I can't describe. It means the world to us."
Travis Mayfield said his father is a humble man who would likely laugh off the hero talk.
"But I see what it does mean to his heart because all he has ever wanted to do is make his community a little better every day."
His contact with others, the support, the cards, the good wishes have recharged him, Travis Mayfield said.
His father has a long recovery ahead of him, but one his family expects him to make. Kent Mayfield, his son said, is a man who looks at a mountain and "just climbs it."
And now the family hopes that they can all spend Christmas together.