Major Tommy Bradford returns to work after Dade mishap

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TRENTON, Georgia (WDEF) – The former chief deputy at the Dade County Sheriff’s Office returns to work this week.

Major Tommy Bradford comes back as a Captain.

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He will work as a liason officer for the Department.

That means working with the schools, county commission and filing for grants.

Bradford lost his leg while setting up spike strips in a chase a year and a half ago.  The fleeing vehicle hit him.



The Sheriff’s Office posted this letter from him on the Facebook page thanking the community for their support:

It has been a long journey for me and my family, that has had a lot of ups and downs, but the hard work has finally paid off, and I have been given the go-ahead to return to work, starting today.

I just wanted to take the time to publicly say thank you for all the support, prayers, and hugs, that my family and I have received over the last year and a half from this awesome community, as well as the surrounding communities. I could never repay the support that has been giving to us, and would not want to live, or police, anywhere else. The support I have received from these communities, has given me the strength and proper attitude, to keep moving forward. We should all be very proud of the area we live in, and continue to support our law enforcement, just like the support I have been given. These men and women go out every day to protect and serve us, without knowing what the day has in store for them. They leave their family every day, not knowing if they may be saying their last good bye, so please keep these officers in your prayers.

I would also like to thank my wife Mary Ann, for the courage and the strength she has had during this time. Without her, none of my recovery would have been possible! It has been difficult for us to get to this point, as it pertains to me returning back to law enforcement after my injury. However, we believe that God has a plan for everything that happens to us, and he wants us to follow his path, and follow his plan.

No matter how many times I said I would not return to law enforcement, my heart kept pulling me back to service. I believe this is God’s plan, and I hope he uses me in a way to repay all the support that I was given. I also hope to be an encouragement to others by helping them understand, that even though bad things happen to all of us, if we keep a positive attitude and work hard, we can still succeed.

Once again, my thanks goes out to my community, and the surrounding communities, for everything each of you have done.

You are all awesome people!