HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — The deputy with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office is back on patrol after being severely injured in an accident this past December. After months of recovery, Deputy Ben Parrish and his fiancé Faith Dolph spoke with WDHN to share their message for the community.
“You’re never ready for things like that,” Dolph said. “Everyone just kept us positive and we always knew we had somebody to call no matter what we faced and that really helps you stay in a good spot.”
Just a week before Christmas, Parrish was responding to a call when a deer ran in front of his patrol car. In order to avoid hitting it, he served his car off of County Road 33 in Houston County, where his patrol car took a nosedive and flipped upside down.
“I was out of work for five months, broke some bones, injured myself all over,” Parrish said. “It was just tough because I am used to being at work.”
After suffering from several broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a torn ligament, and a fractured neck. Parrish had to undergo multiple surgeries.
“Ben would not be where he is at right now if it wasn’t for all the quick action,” Dolph said.
Now some would say you would never be able to tell everything Parrish has been through during the past five months.
“It was just tough because I am used to being at work,” Parrish said.
Parrish has been with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office for three and a half years and the past five months didn’t shy him away from his calling.
“The wreck wasn’t because I was a cop,” Parrish said. “It could have happened to anybody but that is what I love to do, I’ve been in it for 10.5 years now. It’s my passion.”
Parrish didn’t let all the trouble the accident brought to get in the way of asking his fiancé Faith, the question of a lifetime.
“It was already in the works, I was just like, I’m going to ask her anyway,” Parrish said.
Now with most of their struggles due to the accident behind them, the two plan to tie the knot in August and know they wouldn’t be in this place without all the support.
“We were exactly where we needed to be,” Dolph said. “Even though it wasn’t exactly what I wanted, everything works out and I think it’s one of those things we will always be grateful for.”
Beyond being extremely touched, they know no other community would have come together and rallied behind one of their own like the way Wiregrass did.
“It’s easy today to just kind of see how much bad there is in the world and when this happened I mean it honestly just shows you how great of a community we actually do live in,” Dolph said.” You can count on each other.”