MONTAGUE COUNTY -- For a deputy who went the extra mile, there was a tribute Sunday that stretched more than 80 miles.
The Patriot Guard, which usually escorts the bodies of fallen veterans, led a procession from Fort Worth to Montague County for James Boyd, the fallen Montague County sheriff’s deputy who got back up in a remarkable way.
“Today, we are just here to honor him and let him know how much people care about what he did,” said Larry Key of the North Texas Patriot Guard.
Ten days after he after he was shot in the chest and head during a traffic stop, doctors in Fort Worth released Deputy Boyd to go back home to Montague County.
Jack McGuinn of the Montague County Sheriff’s Office remarked, “This procession we were in today means a lot[...] and having him back, as opposed to the other type of procession you usually have when officers have had a serious wound to the head.”
Deputy Boyd is looking forward to taking it easy for a while.
“My plans today: eat some food, visit, and relax," he said.
As he continues to recover physically and mentally, Boyd said having so many people show up to escort him such a distance back to his home truly does go a long way.
“More emotions than I even know to say," he said. "It’s just overwhelming the support that has been given to me by everybody here.”