Local Georgia State trooper hospitalized after suffering serious heatstroke while training
A 29-year-old Georgia State Patrol trooper is in the hospital after suffering a heatstroke during training Friday. Several law enforcement agencies posted on Facebook their support for TFC2 Caleb Bruce Terry. According to family, Trooper Terry was placed in a medically induced coma to stop seizures after the heatstroke. Terry was taken to a hospital in Columbus, where he remains in intensive care. Family said due to a fever Sunday morning, doctors were not able to begin the process of waking him up, the post said. The Georgia State Patrol said in a statement: “TFC2 Caleb Terry (External Operations) was attending some training earlier this week. During a training exercise, TFC2 Terry experienced serious heat-related symptoms and was taken to the hospital.” Trooper Terry works out of Dalton Post 5 which covers Catoosa and Whitfield Counties. In 2017 Trooper First Class Caleb Terry received the Valor Award The Department Valor Award is the highest award presented by the Department of Public Safety to a sworn member who has displayed courage and fortitude and has performed a duty well beyond that which would reasonably be expected in a tense or emergency situation. In doing so, the circumstances of the event must have placed the member’s own life in jeopardy. TFC Terry was commended for his actions while assisting the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office in apprehending a wanted felon from his mother’s residence. The suspect fired a handgun at the officers while they were attempting to apprehend him, striking himself and a sheriff’s deputy. TFC Terry was able to wrestle the handgun away from the suspect and place him in handcuffs. After the suspect was secured in the back seat of TFC Terry’s patrol car, he assisted the sheriff’s deputy in dressing his wound. He also received the Georgia Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Silver Pin in 2015 for 50-99 DUI arrest. Although Caleb's medical bills will be covered by Workers Compensation, there are expenses such as food and lodging that Regan (his wife) and Caleb are having to pay for out of pocket, due to Caleb being in ICU where Regan can only stay certain hours of the day. In an effort to lift this burden family and friends have created an account where people can donate to help with the expenses of being four hours from home. The account has been set up under The Caleb Terry Fund at Justice Federal Credit Union, or donations can be dropped off at Cartersville (3) or Dalton State Patrol (5) Posts. For further information on how to financially bless Regan during this time call 706-252-1286. Below is picture of Trooper while he investigated a serious crash last year in Whitfield County on Highway 2.