“Breathe, breathe!!” Sgt. Robert Zagajeski remembers shouting as he used a knife to slice through the clothing of Officer Randolph Holder.
Zagajeski doesn’t see himself as any kind of hero — that honor, he says, belongs forever to Holder, the courageous NYPD officer shot dead in East Harlem last year while chasing a drug dealer, and whose life he couldn’t save.
But on Thursday, Zagajeski was honored as a hero all the same, as one of eight “Sergeants of the Year.”
“I don’t feel comfortable about getting any award, to be honest,” he told the Post after the ceremony.
“What award do you deserve for just doing your job?” he said. “You shouldn’t get an award for that. There’s a lot of cops on that scene who each contributed to trying to help officer Holder.”
The award brought back grim memories of the frantic night of Oct. 20, 2015.