The police officers who stopped the terror attack in lower Manhattan on October 31, 2017 were honored for their service and bravery by New York City Council.
Eight people were killed and 11 wounded when Sayfullo Habibullaevich Saipov, a 29-year old, who came to the U.S. from Uzbekistan in 2010, drove a rented truck into the Hudson River Greenway, a protected bike lane that runs along the Hudson River Park.
After crashing into a school bus carrying special needs students, Saipov emerged from the truck shouting “Allahu Akbar” and brandishing two guns while running zigzag down the street.
Officer Ryan Nash shot the attacker while Officers Michael Welsome and Kevin McGinn retrieved the weapons. Officer John Hasiotis secured the crime scene.
Nash and Hasiotis were responding to a call nearby at the time of the attack.
Saipov, who was shot in the abdomen, was taken to a hospital where he requested the ISIS flag be displayed in his room. ISIS had called on its supporters through social media to carry out attacks on Halloween.
The attack was the fifteenth vehicular attack in North America and Europe by jihadist terrorists since 2014. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in New York City since the September 11 attacks in 2001.