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‘He’s cherished from one finish of this county to the opposite’: Police escort welcomes Elizabethton man dwelling after lengthy battle with COVID-19 | WJHL

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) – On Monday, a loved one of the Elizabethton community was finally able to go home after months of battling COVID-19 and various medical hurdles.

Rusty Verran, 58, was diagnosed with COVID-19 and pneumonia on Thanksgiving and has since been hospitalized.

Verran, a former member of the Elizabethton Police Department, was escorted out of Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital on Monday.

Verran said this was the first time he had seen his daughter in months.

“It’s a blessing. It is a blessing to come home. I hadn’t seen my daughter since November, “said Verran.

In the fight against COVID-19 and pneumonia, Verran had several setbacks when he landed on a ventilator. Despite a somber attitude, his wife Debbie said they had kept the faith.

“Two weeks after he was on the ventilator when he first went in he got septic shock and we were told he wasn’t going to live but we asked them not to give up and just keep trying, and so they did it, “she said.

Jamie Ferguson, senior pastor at Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church, organized Verran’s homecoming when dozens came out to watch the escort, hold signs, and wave in support.

“He served this community as a lawyer for 24 years. He’s loved from one end of the county to the other, ”said Ferguson.

Verran told News Channel 11’s Poben Kassahun that he was looking forward to having a home-cooked meal and spending quality time with his family.