Glad ‘procedure’ is over and done with
by Jim Ruth Bradley County Sheriff
Sep 01, 2013 | 908 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I had to fit it into my schedule because I have been so busy, but Monday morning I had a cardiac ablation procedure done to correct arrhythmia.

There have been several things that I have been monitoring or participating in at the office. Then, on the 24th, two days before the ablation I had a political barbecue. There was plenty of food and the extra was used the next day to help one of our local churches feed about 200 people.

I stopped by this church on Sunday and was asked to apprehend a suspect who was violating his order of protection and creating a disturbance. Unfortunately, the guy was already gone. If he had still been there and run, I probably would not have been able to catch him anyway. But now that my heart has been fixed I plan to get back to my running and the hiking I used to do.

The ablation procedure was done by Chattanooga Heart Institute’s Dr. Keith Bruce. He indicated the ablation was successful, even after he tried to induce my heart to go back out of rhythm.

To the many people who I know have prayed for me and sent well wishes, I say thank you very much. These, along with the skills of the medical staff, got the job done. I am grateful.

I am told that there are 6 to 7 million people in the U.S. with atrial fibrillation. The procedure that I had has helped many of these hearts to go back in rhythm. Some do OK just taking medication. One of our residents told me that he had the same kind of stroke that I had more than 20 years ago. This resident still has a very physically demanding job.

The procedure wasn’t all that bad, but I am certainly glad it is over, that it was successful and behind me.

n Some other good news is that traffic-related deaths in Bradley County are down so far this year. Bradley County has been recognized as the No. 1 county in the state for traffic fatality reduction. Let’s all work together to keep it that way.

I certainly commend our local deputies, the Cleveland Police, Charleston Police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol for their focus on this very real problem. I encourage them to keep up the good work. I feel certain that our Campaign Lifesaver has had some impact on the problem.

There are a number of things that will be coming to fruition soon because of the efforts of dedicated lawmen and women.

Our jail director, Gwen Beavers, told the crowd last Saturday at the barbecue of several programs that we hope will stop, or at least slow down the revolving jail door. Recidivism has been a real problem for years.

There are several programs that are sponsored by faith-based groups. Men and women have received their GED diplomas, while others are being trained for jobs, like some of the female inmates who received certification in food preparation and cooking. Others are being trained in how to look for jobs, fill out applications, along with many other basic life skills that have been taught and practiced by inmates.

I believe that we will continue to hear good reports because of motivated employees and the faithful volunteers.

Now, with an increased threat of criminal activity and the attendant increase of violence against persons, please rest assured that we will continue to maximize our resources to meet and beat back the challenge.

Our policies and planning includes the ability to adapt to meet the need. Our methods include the ability to put resources in the area where most crime is being committed. We are endeavoring to stay on top of the ebb and flow or trends in criminal activities.

I look forward to the days ahead and seeing the programs and policies we have instituted being even more effective in preventing and reducing crime.

Again, thanks for reading.