Monroe deputy honored, happy to return back to work

FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Monroe County deputy is back on the job nearly six months after he was shot responding to a call where another deputy was killed. 

Deputy Jeff Wilson is back doing what he loves…protecting his community. 

After months of therapy, he’s back on his feet smiling and ready to work.

“I’m trying to get back on track and get back in the swing of things. I want to make sure that I can help the people of Monroe County the best I can,” Wilson said. 

Those same people wanted to honor him. The Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce surprised Wilson, naming him 2015’s “Citizen of the Year.”

High praise for a man who says he’d give it all up to get his friend back. 

“Michael was so young. He’d just got married,” Wilson said. 

He and Deputy Michael Norris were responding to what they thought was a suicide call last September. 

“We’re not supposed to use the word ‘routine’ but I’ve been to hundreds of those calls and we’ve never had anything like that happen,” Wilson said.

A gunman opened fire — killing Norris and shooting Wilson several times. 

“I wish he could have been here to see all the support and prayers from other counties and the brotherhood of the sheriff’s office and police and so forth,” Wilson said. 

That support is what fuels Wilson. The father of four thanks each person he comes into contact with daily. 

“I’m out there and they are like ‘you’re Wilson,’ and I’m like yes I am. They want to give me a hug before they tell me their problems so that kind of gets a little strange, but I’m here to help and that’s what I want to do,” Wilson said. 

Although he’s better now, Wilson says when he’s on the job — his routine is a little different. 

“I am a lot more cautious. I do want to make sure that I can go home to my family again,” Wilson said. 

He says there are constant reminders of that say throughout the office from Deputy Norris’ uniform, to the bullet proof vest that saved his life. 

None of which he says he takes for granted. 

“I just love this community and I’ve always wanted to protect and serve my community and give back to my people,” Wilson said. 

…as he continues his mission to protect and serve. 

Wilson says every day he feels like he’s getting back to old self. 

The accused gunman, Christopher Calmer, is charged with murder, attempted murder and several other charges.

Authorities say he’s being held in the Georgia Department oF Corrections custody

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