Road to recovery: Floyd Co. deputy undergoes seventh surgery since deadly ambush in Allen

Road to recovery: Floyd Co. deputy undergoes seventh surgery since deadly ambush in Allen
Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 6:06 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - For the first time, we’re hearing from Floyd County Deputy Darrin Lawson, who was shot in the deadly ambush in Allen almost three weeks ago.

He has undergone several surgeries to save his leg, including one Wednesday morning. He’s still day-by-day right now, but the good news is that doctors told Deputy Lawson he’s no longer at risk of losing his leg.

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Wednesday morning marked his seventh surgery since the shooting. At this point, doctors are going in to make sure there is no infection, and that the tissue is healing. Doctors said everything is looking better, but they’ll go back in a couple days to check again.

It’s unclear how many more surgeries he will have to have before they can close his leg and get him a step closer to going home.

WKYT’s Chad Hedrick talked with him over Facetime, where he was in his room at UK Hospital.

“It’s very humbling. It’s amazing,” Deputy Lawson said.

It’s support and well wishes Lawson has been overwhelmed by as he sits in a hospital room nearly two hours away from his Floyd County home.

“What they’ve done for me and people calling and sending food, and money. It’s an awesome feeling,” Lawson said.

Perhaps the moment that meant the most to Lawson was last week when he was finally reunited with his 2-year-old daughter, Ryan.

“I’ve never felt anything like that before. Every time I see her now, I get that same feeling. It was a good 14 or 15 days before I was able to see her. It was a good thing. When it first happened, she was at the time, the only thing I was thinking about,” Lawson said.

He’s also thought about his fellow officers who did not survive the attack. Men he looks up to as heroes.

“Deputy Petry was just a great, great man. He was able to take me under his wing when we first hired him. When he came in, we... He’s just a great man,” Lawson said.

He also said he worked with Capt. Ralph Frasure for a while, and he want to school with his son.

“Ralph was very humble. Always treated people the way they needed to be treated. Every time I’d see him, he would call me ‘ole blue eyes,’” Lawson said.

Lawson said Officer Jacob Chaffins did “everything right as a human.”

“National Guard, deployments, firefighter, paramedic, and a policeman. That’s a man. That’s a real man. It’s incredible what he was able to do with the time that he was here, I wish his wife and 6-year-old girl didn’t have to go through what they’re going through right now,” Lawson said.

Deputy Lawson plans to always honor his fallen brothers and the sacrifice they made for their community. He’s calling on others to do the same.

“Just honor the boys that we lost. Let their families know that we appreciate them for what they did. None of them deserved what happened. They were too good of men for stuff like that to happen,” Lawson said.

Lawson does have another surgery in a few days to check his wound for infections and healing tissue, and faces several more weeks in the hospital.

There is a GoFundMe page for Deputy Lawson’s family to help with expenses they’re facing, and fundraising lunch is planned for a week from today in Floyd County at the Old Courthouse.

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