"He was very humble about what he did, but what he did was extraordinary", the mayor said Wednesday.
"I want commend the response of our NYPD officer that was on post near the location who stopped the carnage moments after it began", NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill told reporters at a press conference Tuesday evening. At the scene, he encountered the suspect - whom police identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov - armed with what appeared to be two guns. "It gave people such faith and such appreciation in our police force", de Blasio said.
A note was found inside the truck that translated to read "ISIS lives forever", a senior official briefed on the investigation told NBC 4 NY. Nash and his partner, Officer John Hasiotis, had been summoned to help with a student who was in the nurses' office and had indicated that he wanted to kill himself.More news: London police investigating after needle found in small chocolate bar
Officer Nash has two awards for excellent police duty, one for meritorious police duty from the NYPD and will soon be decorated with more.
After exiting the bike path, the truck collided with a school bus, injuring two adults and two children, police said.
The four officers rushed out of the school, turning east toward the highway and confronting Saipov on the street. Nash was the closest, and fired nine times from his department-issued service gun.
After crushing the ute into a school bus, he then emerged from the truck, producing a paintball and pellet gun and shouting "Allahu akbar".
Saipov, an Uzbeki immigrant and sometime Uber driver living in Paterson, New Jersey, has not yet been charged. Investigators said he's "proud" of what he did and shows no remorse.