Things are looking up for a Greenville County Deputy who was critically injured while responding to a robbery call last month. Wednesday, Dave Dempsey was released from the hospital and a crowd of co-workers were waiting to show their support.
Well it’s been just over a month since the injury, but today you would hardly even know anything had happened at all.
Dempsey spent 41 days recovering from a gunshot that fractured his skull while in the line of duty last month.
As he walked out of the hospital this morning he found a crowd of supporters waiting to congratulate him on his speedy recovery.
“He was in our prayers, he’s had outstanding support,” says Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis.
Dempsey still remembers the night he was injured, responding to a robbery call when things took a turn for the worse.
He says he’s thankful he had his partners with him to watch his six.
“Patrick, he stayed in the game and eliminated any further injury that could’ve occurred. Easily occurred. And he just stayed in the game and didn’t run around the corner and curl up in the fetal position. He stayed in the game and took care of things.”
The road to recovery may be a long one for Dempsey and there will be some things he’ll need to get used to for now.
“Like my cane, going slow, going much slower than I’m used to going, I’m used to jumping up and going doing something.”
But this day is one that his wife Amy and two sons, John and Hunter have been waiting for, for 41 long days.
“I’m very joyful, my heart is happy and whole and content and we’re ready to go home. I wish I could name every nurse that has helped us because they mean a lot to us,” says Amy Dempsey, Dave’s wife.
As far as Dempsey’s recovery, he’ll be doing outpatient traumatic injury therapy three times a week for 12 weeks— including physical, speech and occupational therapy.