VIDEO: Agent Casey Smith Meets Wuesthoff Medical Team That Saved His Life In Last Year’s Shooting
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // April 22, 2016
ABOVE VIDEO: On Wednesday, Brevard County Sheriff’s Agent Casey Smith was welcomed back to Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge by CEO Gary Malaer and the entire Medical Team and Staff who saved his life after he was critically wounded in the line of duty in August of 2015. (SpaceCoastDaily Video)
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On Wednesday, Brevard County Sheriff’s Agent Casey Smith was welcomed back to Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge by CEO Gary Malaer and the entire Medical Team and Staff who saved his life after he was critically wounded in the line of duty in August of 2015.
It was the first time Casey has been reunited with the Surgeons, Nurses and Staff that without question saved his life that night and the days to follow.
It was a very emotional time for Casey, and everyone in the room as Casey had an opportunity to personally thank them for their incredible efforts.
There is no doubt that on the night Casey was shot there was divine intervention. A guiding force that led to Casey being transported to Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge where the right team was assembled and amazingly waiting to save him.
ABOVE VIDEO: Wuesthoff’s Stan Sherman D.O General Surgeon was one of the first doctors that worked on Casey Smith. He recounts Casey’s condition and what it means to be a doctor. (SpaceCoastDaily Video)
Following the shooting, Casey was in grim condition, arriving in cardiac arrest and requiring resuscitation 3 times during transport by an incredible Brevard County Fire Rescue team.
I am absolutely convinced that if any of the professionals involved in the initial life saving measures at the scene, transport or hospital staff had been unavailable that night, Casey would not be with us preparing to go back to work in several months.
ABOVE VIDEO: Dwayne Badgett M.D., one of the other doctors who worked on Casey Smith was in attendance Wednesday to welcome back for the first time since that horrible night last August. (SpaceCoast Daily Video)
While we all have so much to be thankful for, we also know that without question there are Angels who walk among us!
Please join me in thanking everyone who played a role in making sure Casey could be with us today and also in thanking all of our citizens who did so much to support Casey, his family, and his BCSO Family during this tragic time.
From donating blood, to financial contributions, to prayers we all knew just how much our community was standing with us!! THANK YOU!!
ABOVE VIDEO: Robert Beatty M.D.discusses what is special about being in his line of work and what inspired him to help people. (SpaceCoastDaily Video)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft. That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.