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Bystanders honored who helped officer during in attack in Troy

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TROY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Good Samaritans who helped a Troy police officer who was attacked during a traffic stop were honored Monday night.

Six bystanders were honored by the Troy Board of Aldermen. All six helped Ryan Parker when Tyler Gustafson allegedly attacked him during a traffic stop. Gustafson is accused of dragging him, forcing Parker to draw his weapon. Two minutes into the struggle, passing drivers stopped to help.

“There are a million things that run through your mind. You’re scared, you want to stop the situation. You want to make sure you see your family. You want to make sure you see your friends,” said Parker.

Three of the bystanders were off-duty police from other police departments.

“I thank you so much for helping my husband return home,” said Parker’s wife during the ceremony.

Parker just returned to the force after 30 days of rehab on his shoulder, which was injured in the struggle.

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