Giants Coach Sends Note to Shot NYPD Officer

"One day at a time!" the coach tells Officer Kevin Brennan.

Sunday, Feb 5, 2012  |  Updated 12:59 PM EDT
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Officer Kevin Brennan, inset, received a note from Giants coach Tom Coughlin after he was shot while pursuing a suspect.

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The NYPD officer recovering after being shot in the head while chasing a suspect last week has received a get-well boost from his favorite team -- a book inscribed with a personal note from Giants coach Tom Coughlin.

"Kevin: We know this is a tough time right now," reads the inscription. "We wanted you to know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! Small gains, Kevin -- one day at a time! Thanks for your service to our community! Go Giants! Tom Coughlin."

The Daily News reported Sunday that Coughlin sent the copy of his book, "A Team to Believe In," to recovering officer Kevin Brennan, a huge fan already.

"I didn't think I could be more of a Giants fan than I already was," said Brennan, 29, and a father of a newborn baby.

Brennan is recovering at Bellevue Hospital, where the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association was planning to set up a flat screen TV for him to watch the game.

With his head bandaged, Brennan told columnist Mike Lupica that recovery is tiring and sometimes painful.

"My head is still pretty sore and so is my neck," he said. "But I'm hanging in there."

Brennan was shot after officers were called to the Bushwick Houses public housing project for shots fired, Kelly said.

Three officers, including Brennan, saw three suspects running from the building, police said. Brennan followed one of the suspects into a building, where the man turned and fired a shot at the officer, striking him at the base of his skull.

The suspect, Luis Ortiz, has been charged with attempted murder. Defense attorney Eric Poulos said there's no proof his client fired the gun.

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