Orlando officer saved by kevlar helmet seen smiling in photo

Picture shared by sheriff deputies group on Facebook

(Sheriff Deputies / Facebook)
(Sheriff Deputies / Facebook)

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Facebook site posted a picture apparently showing the Orlando Police officer saved by his helmet during Sunday's nightclub massacre.

The Orlando Police Department originally shared a photo of the officer's helmet with a bullet lodged in the front, stopping it from injuring or killing the officer.

The officer's armor was literally a lifesaver among the grim scene found inside the Pulse nightclub where 49 people were killed by gunman Omar Mateen.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said the officer was working extra duty at the club and engaged the shooter.

"His Kevlar helmet saved his life," said Mina, adding that the officer's injuries were not serious.

Monday morning, the Facebook site Sheriff Deputies posted a picture with an officer named David surrounded by two other people.

Severe bruising can be seen on the presumed officer's head.

The Orlando Police have yet to release any other information about the officer or his current health.