Utah County sheriff's deputy on the road to recovery

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - It's been about a week and a half since the shooting that claimed the life of Utah County Deputy Sgt. Cory Wride. During that shooting rampage Deputy Greg Sherwood was also badly injured. Monday his wife spoke with ABC 4 Utah about her husband's recovery.

Gina Sherwood says her husband remembers everything from the day he nearly lost his life.

Sherwood said, "He said all of the sudden he heard glass breaking and it felt like he had been hit in the head with a sledge hammer."

A bullet entered his skull just above his right eye and buried itself an inch into Deputy Greg Sherwood's brain. During a second surgery Wednesday, doctors were able to remove it.

"The miracle part of that is that the bullet moved from inside his brain to being in between his brain and his skull, so all they had to do was lift up that little bit of skull and take it out with no injury and no damage," explained Sherwood.

Photos taken inside Dept. Sherwood's hospital room Monday show Sherwood in good spirits, joking and laughing with friends and family.

Sherwood said, "Physical healing has already started, it's the emotional healing that's going to take quite a while to get over."

Did he do enough? Did he follow protocol, and his wife says, Deputy Sherwood even asks whether he was the one who should have survived.

"His thoughts were Cory was a better man than he was, and he wished he could have traded places with Cory," explained Sherwood.

While he can never change places with Sergeant Cory Wride, both the Wride family and the Sherwoods are fighting to ensure this never happens to another officer again. They're asking that bullet proof glass be put in all sheriff’s deputies vehicles.

"If he had that protective windshield and if Cory had it, Cory would be here with us and Greg would be out patrolling again with the dog," said Sherwood.

The Utah County Sheriff's Department says it's a protection they wish, in the future, all their officers can have.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon told ABC 4 Utah, "We have a hard time saying that there would be a cost that would be too expensive to protect them."

We're told it could cost anywhere from $3,000 to put an impact resistant shield on the each of the fleet's windshields and $15,000 for each vehicle to be completely bullet proof. The sheriff's department will be working with the county to see how much money is in the budget, but it's unclear on how quickly this can happen.

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