Sheriff says in email it’ll be at least month until he’s back on job
by Lindsay Field
September 04, 2013 01:02 AM | 2988 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sheriff Neil Warren
Sheriff Neil Warren
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MARIETTA — Sheriff Neil Warren still isn’t sure when he will be able to return to work after an August wreck along Interstate 75 that left him hospitalized, but it will be at least a month, according to an email he sent employees on Friday.

Warren was released Aug. 21 from Grady Memorial Hospital after undergoing surgery for a fractured vertebra suffered in the car wreck. His chief deputy, Milton Beck, was driving an SUV south on I-75 with Warren in the passenger seat when they were struck by a pickup truck hauling a flat-bed trailer, causing the SUV to roll.

“Both doctors thought I was doing great,” Warren wrote in the Aug. 30 email to Sheriff’s Office staff. “One doctor said most people with my injury are asking for more pain meds and wanting to file for disability. They were impressed that I have been so active with my walking, trying to do without pain meds and wanting to get back to work. They gave me a new neck brace and urged that I continue to stay active … walk and move as much as I can but not lift anything that weighs more than a gallon of milk.

“I am able to return to my office for meetings if needed, but no more than a couple of hours at a time. The surgeons made me realize the importance of staying in my neck brace and remaining as still as possible for the next few weeks. I will return to the doctor in approximately four weeks for another CT-Scan.

“Thank you all for the prayers and support during this time. I am overwhelmed. I really appreciate everyone keeping this ship afloat while I’ve been out due to the accident. It proves what a strong team we are. God bless you all.”

Beck said he talks to Warren daily and exchanges emails with him about the department’s business.

“We have met several times and discussed work as well as a conference call was conducted with senior command staff last week,” Beck said on Monday. “We are very optimistic about his recovery and return. He is one tough man.”

He would not say when Warren is expected to return to work full time.

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