Wounded Snyder police officer returns home - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Wounded Snyder police officer returns home


Sirens could be heard from down the street as Officer Darrell Campbell returned to Snyder Friday after months of rehabilitation.

Campbell was shot in the line of duty in July while responding to a disturbance call.

Campbell's partner, Officer Lee Ortiz, said the bullet entered the center of Campbell's head, damaging the right side. Part of Campbell's skull was removed and a metal plate put in. Ortiz said he has been by Corporal Campbell's side since the incident, he said Campbell's progress is a miracle.

"When I drove up I couldn't believe how many people were here, It's wonderful," said Corporal Campbell's father, Tommy Campbell.

Corporal Campbell himself thought it was all wonderful too as he pulled up to dozens of his fellow co-workers, friend and family who came to support their hero.

"It feels good to be home," said Corporal Darrell Campbell.

His father said it's the comfort from the community that's kept his son going all along through these trying times. In fact, Corporal Campbell is struggling with his mobility, which is why Stone Welding in Snyder came together to provide him a wheelchair ramp.

"We came over here and set up everything for him so that way he doesn't have to worry about it," said Stone Welding employee, Tye Stone.

Campbell's daughter said the outpour from the community means everything.

"It makes me happy, I was crying a little bit," said Kaylee Campbell.

She said now with her dad home, it's nice to see him hold his grandson again – something he can finally do every day.

Campbell's wife, a registered nurse, will be assisting with his rehabilitation now that he's back home. She said if that doesn't work he will go back to Lubbock.

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