LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - News of a Lauderdale County Sheriff's deputy injured in the line of duty rippled through Lauderdale and Limestone Counties.
Randall McCrary is a deputy at a night, but also serves during the day, as an educator.
"Mr. McCrary is our public safety law enforcement instructor, in addition to being a deputy," explained Vince Green, director of the Limestone County Career Technical Center.
Green explains that McCrary has been an instructor for more than 20 years, having also taught automotive classes at the tech school.
"Mr. McCrary and I go way back, we were high school friends then became teachers together," said Brian Terry, who teaches at LCCTC. "He's very passionate about not only teaching in the academy we have here, but also passionate about being a deputy for Lauderdale County."
McCrary was set to be in the classroom the morning after the incident, but law enforcement officials from another agency pitched in to help.
"Mike Blakely and Fred Sloss with the Limestone County Sheriff's office pitched in, they're so helpful for our school, they sent out a deputy to fill in his place while he's out," said Green.
Green says teachers and students like the teacher who actively protects and serves, but also gives his time to educate the next generation on public safety, and that a somber mood took over his classroom Thursday.
"We see each other very morning in the faculty lounge before school starts," said Terry. "It was surreal this morning when he was not here and the things that was going through our minds."
The school also provided counselors for any students or staff who may need them.
McCrary has undergone surgery at Huntsville Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.