JEFFERSON COUNTY AL - DEPUTY RICK LINDLEY WAS ATTACKED BY 2 LARGE DOGS WHILE CHECKING ON A TEEN AT A HOME NEAR CENTER POINT...AFTER BEING TREATED AND RELEASED FROM A HOSPITAL THE BELOVED FORMER U.S. ARMY GREEN BERET DEVELOPED AN INFECTION AND HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED AGAIN
A Jefferson County sheriff's deputy is in the hospital after he was attacked by dogs while on duty.
The attack happened Wednesday in the 100 block of 16th Terrace N.E., said Chief Deputy Randy Christian. The deputy, identified by multiple Facebook posts asking for prayers as Deputy Ric Lindley, was sent to a home there to check on the welfare of a teen who had skipped school. The mother told deputies she had dropped her son off at school, but had seen him return home on a security camera.
Lindley knocked on the front door, but there was no answer. He went to the back of the home where he encountered TWO LARGE DOGS who attacked him, Christian said Sunday. He suffered bites to his legs and arms. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. The dogs were taken to be tested for rabies.
On Saturday, Lindley was admitted to the hospital again after developing an infection with a fever as high as 103. According to Facebook posts by family, he is expected to remain hospitalized for four to five days and an infectious disease specialist has been called in to evaluate the deputy.
Just two years ago, Lindley captured hearts across the U.S. when he was photographed holding a baby girl following a traffic crash on Interstate 20 near Leeds.
Within hours, the photo was shared thousands of times on social media, and made its way all the way to Hawaii. The photo reached more than 561,000 people on the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Facebook page alone, not counting Twitter.
The former U.S. Army Green Beret said at the time he didn't understand the fuss. "I'm just a man. I'm not better or worse than anyone else,'' he told AL.com. "I'm just a Dad and a grandfather. That's about it."