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Fayetteville police officer in Nice during attack; father seriously injured

Posted July 15, 2016 6:29 p.m. EDT
Updated December 20, 2016 6:15 p.m. EST

— A Fayetteville police officer and her family were vacationing in Nice when tragedy struck Thursday night.

Silvia Jordan, a 14-year veteran detective of the police department, is OK, but her father was among the many people who were seriously hurt.

Jordan said she was able to get out of the way as a truck barreled through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, but her father, who lives in Italy, was hit.

"Detective Jordan, with her training, was able to take a sweater she was wearing and use it as a tourniquet to apply to her father to help control the bleeding," said Lt. Todd Joyce.

Joyce went through the police academy with Jordan. He said Jordan let her comrades back home what happened and that her dad needed prayer.

According to Joyce, Jordan’s father has serious internal bleeding and lost his leg.

"But you can only imagine the flood of emotions that she has," Joyce said. "She's there with her family, and you know, they were just there for the celebration. No one ever thinking that this attack was going to occur."

Jordan said no one else in her family was injured in the attack. But her father faces a long road to recovery.

Joyce said her police family back in Fayetteville are by her side.

"We are trying to help (Jordan) in any way that we can as an agency because we are a family. We love her very much," he said.

Jordan's father is currently in serious but stable condition.

In total, 84 people were killed in Thursday's attack. An additional 202 were injured.