Deputy paralyzed by stroke is gifted customized wheel chair

Courtesy of WKRN

WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A former Wilson County deputy paralyzed after a stroke has new hope after a local company provided him with a customized chair, free of charge.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

“Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? What you gonna when we look for you?” sang Deputy Earl Dyer as he maneuvered around the room in his new chair. “This is awesome. This is like a dream.”

The customized chair, provided by Permobil, is equipped with lights, the Wilson County sheriff’s logo, and with the help of the chair, Deputy Dyer can stand.

He is currently at the NHC Nursing Facility where doctors tell him after two years of hard work in physical therapy he may walk again.

He told News 2 he believes it will happen.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

“I have the faith that I am going to get up and walk one of these days. I am going to be able to walk on my own two legs and use both of my arms, and be as healthy as I was once before,” he said.

Deputy Dyer worked for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office for years, most recently as a court officer.

In July, he was getting ready for work when parts of his body went numb. Doctors determined Deputy Dyer had spinal stroke, leaving him paralyzed.

News 2 covered Deputy Dyer’s story earlier this month and viewers responded.

“We saw your story on Channel 2 a couple weeks ago, and decided we wanted to do something to help you.” said John Richards, Regional Vice President of Sales for Permobil.

Deputy Dyer also needs an adapted wheelchair van. The community started a GoFundMe account to help him get one. Click here to donate.

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