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KC officer saves man's life after brutally assaulted, robbed

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Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying "a witness," who is described as a man wearing a black leather jacket and red baseball cap. He was described as 25 to 35 years old. Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying "a witness," who is described as a man wearing a black leather jacket and red baseball cap. He was described as 25 to 35 years old.
Most would call officer Kevin White a hero, but White says he was just doing his job. Most would call officer Kevin White a hero, but White says he was just doing his job.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A man was just 30 seconds away from death when a Kansas City police officer saved his life.

Most would call officer Kevin White a hero, but White says he was just doing his job.

The 61-year-old victim suffered serious injuries. He had just exited a Kansas City Area Transportation Authority bus when he was attacked.

"We were there at the right time, that's how we're suppose to respond," White said.

It was a chance meeting about 7:40 p.m. Jan. 18, when officer White and his partner were called to East 57th Street and Prospect Avenue on a robbery.

When they arrived White realized something was wrong with the victim.

"When I spotlighted him, that is when I observed the large amount of blood on his clothes. He was holding his hand up to his neck, and he immediately collapsed over," White said.

The stab wounds were so serious, the victim was bleeding out.

"He had massive wounds to his body in several areas, so I was doing the best I could to get him to hold on," White said.

It wasn't until a visit to the hospital a few days later that White realized what he had done by saving the man's life.

The trauma doctor told White had he not acted the way he did, the man would have died.

"I honestly thought that he probably wouldn't make it," White said.

Now the two have become good friends. The man is even asking the officer for one special favor while in the hospital.

"He wanted some Louis Lamour books because he didn't like TV, and he liked to read a lot," he said.

For White, it now becomes about catching those responsible for nearly killing the man.

Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying "a witness," who is described as a man wearing a black leather jacket and red baseball cap. He was described as 25 to 35 years old.

Police did not say this man was the suspect, but said the man left the bus at the same time and may have information regarding the attack.

Meanwhile, White said he has a new close friend now, and even went one step farther.

He went to the evidence room and was able to get the man his glasses so he could read those Louis Lamour books.

"He's in my patrol area so I plan on checking up on him from time to time," White said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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