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CYNTHIANA, Ky. (FOX 56) – When a Kentucky State Police trooper was shot during a traffic stop last Friday, it was a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officer who first rushed to his aid.

Officer Samantha Faoro talked to FOX 56 anchor Kristen Pflum about how the minutes felt like forever while trying to reach the wounded trooper.

“These guys are like my second family,” said Officer Faoro. “They’re there for me and I’d be there for them.”

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Just two years into her job as a conservation officer with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, Samantha Faoro saw firsthand, the dangers of the job. She was the first to respond when a KSP trooper was shot on Delta Court Friday.

The Harrison County-based Faoro said she was in the middle of another investigation when she heard a familiar noise for her line of work.

“I’ve heard shots before going out in the fields, then we heard the radio call come out.”

From earlier police radio traffic, she knew the KSP trooper was out on a traffic stop. One that had apparently turned violent.

“I heard the trooper come on and say he was hit.” Officer Faoro was just two miles away.

“It felt like forever,” said Officer Faoro. “The first thing that went through my mind was oh crap. The second thing was get to him. No matter where he was at, get to him and get another officer to the scene to get what he needed.”

She said she was able to breathe a sigh of relief when she found the trooper clearly wounded but standing and able to talk.

Officer Faoro, who joined Fish and Wildlife in 2020, was born into a family of law enforcement officers.

When asked about any fear going forward, she said, “I still love my job just as much, wouldn’t change anything or anything I did that day.”

Faoro said the still-unnamed trooper is still alive today because of his training. “He did a good job,” she said.