COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Muscogee County Sheriff's Deputy who missed his graduation because of a broken leg has been sworn in after Sheriff John Darr made a personal visit.
Deputy Richard Gribbins – who was off-duty at the time – was hit by a car while directing traffic around an accident on Thursday, Dec. 8. The car was one of the vehicles involved in the accident and left the scene.
His leg was broken in two places, and doctors had to inset a metal rod to fix his tibia.
Gribbins had just finished mandate school, the program required to become a sworn deputy, at the time of the hit-and-run
While he is remains in good spirits during his recovery, his wife Lizzy says he was upset that he could not participate in the graduation ceremony the day after the accident.
"He was very upset, but thanks to Facebook Live we were able to livestream his graduation," Lizzy said.
Now, thanks to a house call by Sheriff John Darr and officials with the sheriff's department, Gribbins was able to graduate after all.
Sheriff Darr and other officials stopped by the Gribbins' residence on Monday afternoon and held an in-house ceremony to make it easier for him and his family.
Using his walker for support, Gribbins stood for the ceremony and was sworn in by Sheriff Darr.
Meanwhile, the sheriff's department continues to search for the vehicle who hit Gribbins.
The car that left the scene is a late 90s – early 2000s dark-colored four-door sedan, and Sheriff Darr has a stern message for the person that hit his deputy.
"Turn yourself in now instead of later," Sheriff Darr said. "We are going to end up getting you."
If you have any information on the accident you are asked to call the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office at 706-653-4225.
A GoFundMe account has also been established to help support Gribbins and his family with medical expenses.