A TSA officer injured in the shootings at LAX on Monday recalled his slain colleague as a “wonderful person” and “good friend.”
Tony Grigsby, speaking from his home in unincorporated Willowbrook, said he was close with Gerardo Hernandez, the Transportation Security Administration officer killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last Friday.
“He is very, very dear to me,” Grigsby said. “Only now it has hit me that I will never see him again.”
The two spoke often, last discussing vacationing in Mexico, Grigsby told news media gathered outside his home Monday.
Grigsby, 36, a behavior-detection officer who joined the TSA nearly nine years ago, said his mother was also an officer with the agency.
He was shot in the foot while helping an elderly man get to a safe area during the violent incident that killed Hernandez and injured another TSA agent and a teacher at Calabasas High School, leaving LAX in chaos.
“I turned around and there was a gunman, and (he) shot me twice,” Grigsby said.
Outside Terminal 3 on the tarmac, Grigsby said many people asked him about his injury.
“All I could think about was helping them,” Grigsby said.