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Tony Stiles Named Grand Marshall

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July 30, 2012 is a day LTV. Tony Stiles will never forget. He was working a standoff with fellow officers in the Shady Grove community, but the heat of the day left Stiles dehydrated, so he was taken to a hospital.

It was on his way home, that Lt. Stiles' life took a fateful turn. With the standoff still going on, he rejoined his fellow officers.

"At that time I was the team leader," Stiles said.  "I was supposed to be the first man in the door."

Shot twice in the left arm and three times in the stomach, Stiles was rushed back to the hospital, but the odds were not in his favor.

"A man that's been shot with a 7.62 rifle round just normally don't recover," Jones Co. Sheriff's Dept. Chief Deputy Maj. Jamie Tedford said.

Over a year and countless surgeries later, Lt. Stiles was finally on the road to recovery, but it was a road paved with goodwill from the community.

"I'm not going to let anyone down or quit or throw my hands up and say I'm done or whatever," Stiles said.  "I'm not letting anyone down because they've vested so much in me."

Stiles recently battled pneumonia, and doctors said he still has a long road ahead.  In January, he'll undergo a surgery to repair his stomach wall around about 25 lbs. of scar tissue.  He'll be in a medically induced coma 2-3 months. The price for stiles and his family is steep.

"They need moral support as well as financial," Tedford said.  "That's why we're continuing the benefits and asking for donations."

Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by requesting the Tony Stiles Benefit Fund at Community Bank in Laurel.

Stiles spoke today at the Laurel Sertoma Club meeting, and the club presented him with a $1,500 check, announcing that he is chosen to be the grand marshall of the Laurel Christmas Parade Dec. 7.

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