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Deputy once thought paralyzed, walks out of hospital


ATLANTA — An Atlanta metro area sheriff’s deputy who was initially paralyzed from the neck down in February walked out of a local hospital Friday.

Sgt. Rick Hales was severely injured in a rollover wreck in February.

“If (it’s) God’s will, I’ll walk out and I’ll be back in the saddle,” Hales said at the time.

He was taken to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta to recover in April.

“I don’t remember a single day ever that I was feeling self-pity or depressed. I felt great,” Hales said Friday. “I felt good about it. I felt there was a reason for this.”

Friday, he walked out of the center all on his own — appropriately wearing a Superman shirt.

“For weeks you just run on nervous energy because you just don’t know what the next few minutes would hold,” Hales’ wife, Selina said.

Hales and his wife are moving into an apartment near the Shepherd Center during his next round of physical therapy.

Hales says he’s determined to get back to the Sheriff’s Office.

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[This story was written by WSB-TV]

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