Injured Elberta Police Chief, Stan DeVane is resting at home now. He flew in to Gulf Shore Thursday afternoon, August 10, 2017 where he was met by friends and coworkers. DeVane has been recovering from broken ribs and pneumonia after a horseback riding accident in Wyoming in July.
It was a welcoming party full of smiles for Chief DeVane at the airport in Gulf Shores. A local businessman offered the use of his private jet to fly the Police Chief and his wife straight home from Colorado. He’s been through a lot in the last month. It all started on a trail ride while on vacation in the mountains of Wyoming. DeVane said they were 20 miles from base camp.
“The horse I was riding just went to the rodeo with me,” DeVane recalled. “Didn’t give me no warning. Didn’t give me any chance to adjust in the saddle or nothing and when I come to, I was laying on the ground face down.”
It took several hours to get DeVane medevac’d out of the bush with seven broken ribs, but that was just the beginning of his problems. His wife, Deborah recalls when pneumonia set in.
“I thought I had lost him,” Deborah said with tears welling up. “Excuse me. I have not cried the whole time. I’ve tried to stay strong. Medical Center of the Rockies took care of him and brought him back and I appreciate every one of them and love all of them for what they’ve done to get my husband back to where we’re supposed to be and that’s in Alabama.”
DeVane was noticeably week after the long flight home and didn’t get out of the truck. He was hooked up to an oxygen bottle to help his breathing. Now that he’s home, he’s optimistic about his recovery and if you’re wondering if he’ll get back on a horse, the answer’s a resounding yes…with one possible condition.
“Yeah, I plan to get on one, but whether I rent one again, that may be another question because that ‘ole biggun’ I got is nothing but a pet so I’ll just have to wait and see,” DeVane said.
During his rehab, Chief DeVane will have to monitor his breathing and take regimented walks. The broken ribs will just take time to heal. He said how grateful he is to the people of Elberta for all of their support as well as his Assistant Chief and others at the Police Department for the job they’re doing while he’s out.
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