Updated: February 20, 2016, 4:41 PM
BY LARRY MCSHANE, THOMAS TRACY
|NYPD Officer Andrew Yurkiw was shot in the Saturday gunfight. His bulletproof vest most likely saved his life. Yurkiw's father, Paul, a retired police officer, was also saved by a vest when he was shot in 1989.|
|Shawn Boyd (pictured) shot NYPD Officer Paul Yurkiw in 1989. Yurkiw was saved by his bulletproof vest.|
A once-in-a-lifetime miracle happened once again for retired NYPD Detective Paul Yurkiw.
Twenty-seven years after Yurkiw’s bulletproof vest saved his life, the body armor worn by his police officer son caught a potentially deadly bullet during a Brooklyn gunfight early Saturday.
“It’s like I’m going through this all over again,” Paul Yurkiw told the Daily News as his son Andrew recovered at Kings County Hospital. “He’s good. He’s resting comfortably."
The retiree said the suspect in the Saturday gun battle “came out shooting” in the darkness after a car chase through Bedford-Stuyvesant.
“Thank God his partner is going to be OK,” Yurkiw said of his son. “This is the best we can hope for. It’s possible they saved other officers’ lives.”
The elder Yurkiw was lucky to be alive himself. He was shot three times in the chest on June 21, 1989, after stopping to help the driver of a car stopped on the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens.
The man behind the wheel stepped out of the car as Yurkiw approached and started blasting at close range — but the vest stopped all three bullets.
Yurkiw managed to whack the gunman’s arm when the would-be killer aimed directly at his head.
"Without the vest, me or (my son) and a lot of other police officers wouldn’t be walking on this planet right now,” said Yurkiw.
Yurkiw said he didn’t hear all the details about the shootout during a quick chat with his son.
“Thank God for his vest,” the retired detective said. “We don’t know what happened, we didn’t have much of a conversation, but he’s doing good.”