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Greenville Co. deputy speaks for first time since being shot in head

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Dave Dempsey is shown in this provided picture surrounded by his family. Dave Dempsey is shown in this provided picture surrounded by his family.

A Greenville County sheriff’s deputy shot in the head while in the line of duty is out of the intensive care unit and spoke for the first time since the shooting on Thursday.

Family announced the news on a GoFundMe page that Deputy Dave Dempsey’s family has created.

The post by his wife, Amy, reads:

Dave had a better night last night. He slept soundly. Respiratory came in twice to do breathing treatments. His oxygen level has gotten a little low. Feeding tube continues to feed through his nose. He continues to respond with thumbs up and nods, and continues to try to speak. It's hard to understand most he tries to say, But Last night our friends Carrie and Mark Lee held his hand and spoke to him....and Dave said, "I appreciate you taking care of Amy." We understood it fully. My heart jumped with pure Joy! 
Praise God!
His left arm and hand still not able to move it. A doppler will be ran on it today to take an inside look. CT scan from yesterday looks good. Yesterday, physical therapy took place with picking his torso up, they lifted him to a chair to sit. He is not able to do any of that on his own. He is not able to hold his head up on his own. After letting him sit back in a chair recliner, letting his lungs expand more, he was exhausted and slept for hours. He is still not opening his eyes, since he opened them 3 days ago. 
Continue to pray. God wants us to pray. Pray for strength and patience for John and Hunter. They are such understanding and gentle men. They are patiently waiting to have a conversation with their Dad. Pray for Isabelle and Danny to emotionally understand and be at peace. Pray for little Allison to continue being a happy normal 2 year old because she is really missing her Dada! 
I just can't put into words how we feel about the great support we are getting from all over. Dave always kept up and helped other injured law enforcement officers. When he wakes up from this, he will be profoundly touched. And so grateful for the financial help that has been given for this long road ahead. 

On Wednesday, Amy posted that Dempsey had been moved out of the intensive care unit.

Dave had a rough night and morning this a.m. He has been moved to a room, and the care is not as substantial as the ICU. He coughs and signs to me that his head hurts. He accidentally pulled his feeding tube out last night while he was coughing. So therefore, nurses had to put it back in. That didn't go over too well. Several tries, and finally went back in. Please continue to pray. He is very uncomfortable. My heart Breaks for my husband as I can't make him comfortable.

Dempsey was shot around 1 a.m. Dec. 10 at an apartment in the Spring Grove complex on Boling Street Extension in Taylors while responding to a call about a possible robbery.

The man who investigators said fired the shot was killed when another deputy returned fire.

Deputy Drew Pinciaro said that the round fractured Dempsey's skull and created a secondary wound when it exited. 

Dempsey began his law enforcement career with the Greenville City Police Department in January 1985. He retired there in June 2012 after 27 years of service. Soon after his retirement from that agency, he began working for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office where he’s assigned to the Traffic Unit.


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