OPD officer recovering at home after accident

After undergoing surgery to repair his fractured vertebrae, Oneonta police officer Tommy Herd is recovering at home, according to Oneonta assistant Chief Judy Underwood.

Last week, while assisting the Blount County Sheriff’s Department and the Blountsville Police Department, Herd was injured during a pursuit of suspects in west Blount County, according to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman.

Herd wrecked near the intersection of county road 9 and Cox Cove Road at Bangor and was later transported to UAB hospital.

According to Underwood, Herd’s surgery was on Wednesday, and he returned home on Saturday. She says he will be in a neck brace for four to six weeks and after that will be released and could return to work.

During his surgery, plates were placed in his spinal column, and those will be removed in six to nine months, according to Underwood.

She says during her visits with Herd he has been in good spirits.