Blytheville Police Officer receives warm home coming

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT)- In Blytheville, it was a heart felt welcome to Officer Cody Gentry, who finally came home Saturday after being critically injured in his cruiser responding to a call.

Sirens filled the streets Saturday, as officers escorted Blytheville Police Officer Cody Gentry through town to the Blytheville Police Department, signifying the return of one of their own. Gentry says he can't thank his fellow officers enough for their support. "They went out of their way to escort me and just be there," said Gentry.

On the way into town, they made a stop by the crash site where the accident happened. It was a memory Gentry said he's glad he couldn't recall. "Well it was kind of bitter sweet. I don't remember much of it so that's good. It's just bitter sweet," said Gentry.

But he says he'll never forget the sight driving through town. People waved American flags, and several people pulled over and got out of their cars. At the department, many lined up for hugs and some shared tears of joy.

"It kind of surprised me, but in a good way. It was just overwhelming the whole thing. I would just have to say the whole thing was awesome," said Gentry.

Gentry says it's been four months since the accident, and a journey that's required a lot of will power, having gone through speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy, and still has a way to go. "It's been tough. I still lack a lot of work, but I'm getting better everyday," said Gentry.

Gentry says from here he will commute to Memphis for rehab and hopes from there he will be able to get back to work.