LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - One year after a scary crash that nearly took his life, one Kentucky State Police trooper has been given the OK to go back on duty.
Houston "Ethan" Lewis received a message from UK Orthopaedic Surgery that stated he'd been "released from our care and is able to return to work 9/13/2018 to full duty with NO Restrictions."
Trooper Lewis, stationed at KSP Post 13 in Hazard, was involved in a bad crash September 12, 2017, on I-75 in Laurel County.
His cruiser flipped and traveled into a 150-foot embankment. Lewis was trapped in the vehicle for two hours until he was finally able to grab his phone and call 911.
"Come to find out he had broken 23 bones and he was on life support," said Lewis' wife, Miranda.
Doctors told Lewis he may never walk again, and that his leg would likely have to be amputated. Ethan and Miranda rejected that prognosis, saying a higher power would decide his fate.
Lewis spent two months in the hospital. He says his fellow state troopers were always at his side.
He said his family, including daughter Maddie and newborn son Ethan, is what saved him.
"I mean that's why I stayed alive is my family," Lewis said. "I wasn't going to give up my family. There's no way."
Lewis dedicates his recovery to fellow men and women in uniform who didn't make it home.
"I at least owe it to them. I'm not going to give up, and they're not taking my gray uniform away from me. I'm going to put it back on," Lewis said.