JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - Two deputies have medals for their quick thinking during a chase that nearly took one of their lives.
We talked with the two deputies about the event that changed their lives forever.
Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff Ed Graybeal honored the two deputies with two medals for their perseverance and bravery on January 2, 2012.
Sergeant Lee Cross was involved in a chase involving a home robbery suspect. "I was actually on my way to eat lunch, and that call came in and was very close. I just happened to be by that way and passed a car that they gave the [be on the lookout call] out on. I turned around on it, and we all know what happened after that," the sergeant said.
Just down the road, fellow deputy Gary Daugherty was setting up a spike strip to stop the vehicle, when the car careened straight into deputy Daugherty.
"It's a distant memory for me. I don't even think about it, and nothing like that crosses my mind. I'm focused on the future and what I'm doing now, and I'm thankful to be where I'm at," Daugherty said.
He's back on the job and receiving a Purple Heart for being severely injured in the line of duty.
Sergeant Cross was given a medal of accommodation for his heroic actions at the scene. "When we got down there and knew that Gary had been hit and knocked as far as he was, his body actually shut down. Sarge was there with him, didn't leave him. It's a day you remember forever," Sheriff Graybeal said.
For deputy Daugherty, he remembered his fellow deputies after receiving his Purple Heart. "To me this represents all the officers, all the sheriff's deputies who put on that badge and gun and go out. They always put themselves in harm's way and it may change in an instant," he said.
Just as it did for the deputies Daugherty and Cross.
The three suspects in this case were found guilty of attempted aggravated robbery and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon. They were sentenced to prison and corrections supervision programs.
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