On February 13, 2016 Corporal Derrick Couch was shot in the head while investigating a report of an armed robbery. His condition was grave, he survived several surgeries and was placed on a ventilator. Yesterday after months of determined work on his part. Along with the support of his family, friends and the staff of attending physicians, nurses and therapists Corporal Couch finally was able to leave the hospital Regional One in Memphis with honors. Not to mention his faith in god that gave him the strength to continue on through this ordeal.
Dozens of Police Cars lined the streets in anticipation of Officer Couch emerging from the hospital where he has been receiving round the clock care to escort him home in celebration.
Couch, who lost an eye and suffered some brain damage from the shooting, spent weeks in recovery and rehabilitation. He was seen leaving the hospital in a wheelchair surrounded by Officers from multiple agencies
Officials said if the bullet hadn’t hit soft tissue in Couch’s eye, it would have likely fragmented and caused fatal injuries.
“My prayer was, ‘Give me the strength,’” Couch said. “That was my prayer. It worked.” “I told everybody, ‘Depend on God.’ Depend on God.” “I loved it so much. I put a lot of myself into it. I gave it all I got,” Couch said. “My prayer was to give me strength. He gave me my prayer.”
Couch’s wife said they have received letters and cards from all over the world the last two months from people showing their support.
“Whether it was a phone call, texts, letters it never stopped. The love and prayers never stopped,” she said.
Members of law enforcement presented Couch a check for more than $14,000 when he arrived at his home. The gesture brought him to tears.
Couch is expected to attend a benefit in his honor April 22 at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale.
WBL previous postings on Cpl. Couch can be found:
- UPDATE: Clarksdale, Ms. Officer identified – Police asking for help (2/14)
- Clarksdale, Ms. Police have 2 persons in custody – Cpl. Derrick Couch Full Update (2/14)
- Breaking Updates Clarksdale, Ms. Cpl. Couch (2/16)
- UPDATE: Clarksdale, Ms. Officer Cpl. Derrick Couch improving – but needs help (3/21)
We are thankful that this warrior has come home and wish him well as he continues down his long road of recovery.