Community continues to support Dade County Sheriff’s chief dupty

DADE COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Dade County community continues to support the sheriff’s chief deputy who was seriously injured when a high speed chase ended in a crash.

Dade County High School is where Major Tommy Bradford was an SRO before he moved up the ranks at the sheriff’s office.

Former principal Josh Ingle, who now is principal at Davis Elementary School, worked alongside him.

“For a law enforcement officer to come in and work with kids, it really takes a special person. He had patience, he believed in giving kids second chances and he worked really hard at building strong relationships with kids,” Ingle said.

Principal Ingle say Major Bradford wanted to help students succeed.

“His ultimate goal was to try to make a difference and help kids learn from their mistakes,” he said.

Major Bradford was seriously injured while trying to stop a suspect who is accused of leading police on a multi-state crash on Tuesday. Laura Leeanne Wooten faces 21 charges in connection with this case.

The Chief Deputy’s wife is updating the community on how he is doing. She says he surgeries earlier in the week but Thursday was a rest day.

Sheriff Ray Cross says people are rallying around this family.

“We have had a ton of people who have wanted to donated all across the United States,” Sheriff Cross said.

The interest sparked the Sheriff’s Office to create a donation account.

“Anything they can donate would help out tremendously. They are going to have a lot of bills, hospital bills and stuff and not being at home and stuff like that, so they could use the help,” Sheriff Cross said.

Principal Ingle visited Major Bradford in the hospital on Thursday. He says the former SRO has a positive attitude during this difficult situation.

“Tommy is not the type of person that will just sit around,” Ingle said.

If you would like to donate to help Major Bradford’s family, a donation account was set up at the Bank of Dade in Trenton, or you can give through PayPal.

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