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Wife of Nesconset NYPD cop: He's 'doing OK'

Diana Granahan in front of her Nesconset home,

Diana Granahan in front of her Nesconset home, is wife of officer Matthew Granahan who was one of four cops shot in a Brooklyn gunfight. (April 9, 2012) Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A New York City police officer from Nesconset who was shot in Brooklyn Sunday morning was "doing OK," his wife said outside the couple's home Monday.

"He's doing fine," Diana Granahan said of her husband, Officer Matthew Granahan, 35.

The 12-year NYPD veteran, who was shot in his left leg, declined to speak about the shooting, but he walked without apparent difficulty Monday, leaving the house briefly with companions before returning a couple of hours later.

In his leafy Nesconset community of minivans and neatly kept Colonial homes, neighbors say Granahan usually plays driveway basketball with his young son, walks the family's yellow Labrador and helped dig out neighbors' cars after the 2010 blizzard.

While he's just another dad in the neighborhood, Granahan also is an officer with a dangerous job, as his wife and children were reminded this weekend when he and three other officers were shot while apprehending a suspect in Brooklyn.

"I've always known the job comes with risks," Diana Granahan said after returning from a trip to the grocery store.

Still, when her husband called on Sunday hours after the shootings, "I was shocked. I asked if he was OK. He told me he was fine; he told me the situation."

His wife said that the shooting had not changed her feelings about her husband's career choice. "This is what he wants to do," she said. "It's what he's good at."

Down the block, neighbor Brian McLean, 42, a New York City Transit worker, said he occasionally talked to the officer while the two men did yard work or waited with their children at a nearby school bus stop.

"We know he puts his life on the line every day," he said. "I just don't know what it's like when somebody wants to shoot you, when you go back to work and that's pretty much your job, that somebody wants to kill you."


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