Sheriff's deputy shares story of long road to recovery

1 year 11 months 3 weeks ago February 24, 2015 Feb 24, 2015 Tuesday, February 24 2015 Tuesday, February 24, 2015 9:30:00 AM CST in News
By: Katie Moeller, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

ELDON - Troy Frakes' new nickname is Iron Man. His leg was completely rebuilt after he was hit by a Chevy Silverado while working as a part-time sheriff's deputy in Chariton County last September.

"They weren't sure if I was going to live," Frakes said. "They say there were about three different times when they almost lost me."

Frakes is walking now, but had to use a wheelchair for months while recovering in Eldon, where his mother lives.

"We decided it would be best for me to stay here," he said, "This house is already handicapped accessible."

Frakes does occupational and physical therapy at least three times a week for 90 minutes each session. At times the pain was so great that therapy was difficult.

"My therapists at Lake Regional, they are just saints," Frakes said. "They've seen me at my worst, but they're helping me become my best again."

Frakes said he is determined to regain his pre-accident mobility.

"All I want to do is go back to work," he said. "No matter what it takes."

It may take up to two more surgeries. Frakes said he still has issues using his left elbow, wrist, and hand.

His occupational therapist, Katie Kelley, said Frakes pushes himself every day in therapy.

"Whether it's practicing folding towels or doing uncomfortable stretches with his left arm, he puts his whole self into it," Kelley said. "His strength and his demeanor have increased so much since I first started working with him."

Frakes said one of the hardest things since his accident is simply surviving financially.

"I was so blessed by the outpouring of financial support from both Chariton and Carroll Counties," Frakes said. "But I receive only about $200 dollars in worker's compensation each week."

That's because Frakes was hurt in Chariton County, where he worked only part-time. His full time job was with Carroll County.

"A lot of us in this profession work two jobs simply to make ends meet," Frakes said. "I never became a deputy for the money. I became a deputy because I wanted to help people."

Frakes' accident isn't an isolated one - MODOT reported 9 people in Missouri died after being hit by vehicles on the job in 2014.

Rob Kiesling, a retired Columbia police officer, was hit by a car more than 20 years ago while directing traffic.

He said, while his accident was scary, he was a lot luckier than Frakes.

"I got clipped in the leg while trying to prevent a driver from hitting a stalled car. I flipped up and over the car and landed on my back in the middle of Providence Road," Kiesling said. "Somehow, no other oncoming cars hit me, and now I only have a twisted femur to show for it."

Kiesling said he was back at work in a week.

Frakes still has a long road ahead of him before he returns to duty, but he said he has no ill will towards the man who drove the truck that hit him.

"I know he is a good man," Frakes said. "It was an accident, nothing more. It traumatized me, but I know it also traumatized him."

Frakes said he and the driver of the truck frequently meet up.

"He visited me in the hospital, and I've visited him at work," he said. "We're there for each other."

Frakes said he does have some advice on how drivers across Missouri can better protect those who work on or along roads.

"Pay attention to the move-over laws," he said. "Keep your eyes open, and just slow down. If you can, change lanes as far away from a worker or law enforcement officer as possible."

Frakes said he plans on doing whatever surgeries it takes and continuing physical therapy for as long as necessary.

"I just want to go back to the job I love - protecting the people in Chariton and Carroll Counties," Frakes said. "The people there have done so much for me since I've been hurt, and I just want to get back to my work there."

The sheriff's departments in Chariton and Carroll Counties created a fund to help Frakes as he recovers.

More News

Grid
List
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Joplin man alleged that police used excessive force in his 2015 arrest. The Joplin... More >>
34 minutes ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 9:53:00 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say two teenage cousins have died in a Kansas City crash. The Kansas City... More >>
1 hour ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 8:43:52 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 14-year-old boy is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by a train in suburban... More >>
2 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:33:09 AM CST in News
UNIVERSITY CITY (AP) — Authorities in Missouri are investigating after dozens of headstones were damaged at a Jewish cemetery near... More >>
5 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:39:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - As the warm weather approaches, the number of unwanted litters increases, putting a burden on local shelters. ... More >>
7 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:30:00 AM CST in Top Stories
HENNEPIN COUNTY, Minnesota - A Missouri construction worker, David Earl Hyde, 38, of Fulton died while on the job in... More >>
12 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 9:54:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Regional Airport is about to get the renovation its been hoping for. The small airport currently flies... More >>
14 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 7:37:00 PM CST in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are joining the investigation into... More >>
15 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 7:06:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City City Council will vote Monday evening on the Truman Hotel Urban Renewal Plan. ... More >>
15 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 6:42:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri's new first lady, Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens, said she is committed to keeping politics separate from her... More >>
15 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 6:30:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - In the past two decades, the number of fatal opioid overdoses has skyrocketed, and the medical community has... More >>
18 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 3:42:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – As unusually warm weather brings a feeling of early spring across Missouri, it also speeds up the lawn... More >>
19 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 3:27:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The mayor's medical tourism task force has finalized its recommendations on how to make Columbia a medical hub... More >>
19 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 2:35:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Stress may seem like one of those things that we all talk about being under from time to... More >>
20 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 1:47:00 PM CST in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — Th e Missouri S tate Highway Patrol says a 27-year-old man was died after a police... More >>
21 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 1:13:43 PM CST in News
PLATTE CITY (AP) — A truck driver from Springfield was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in... More >>
21 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 12:48:59 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - MU Police identified a man suspected of kissing one unwilling female and trying to hug several others. There... More >>
23 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 11:08:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council will discuss a proposed ordinance change Monday night that would affect the way trash... More >>
23 hours ago February 20, 2017 Feb 20, 2017 Monday, February 20 2017 Monday, February 20, 2017 10:35:00 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 59°
11am 63°
12pm 65°
1pm 67°
2pm 69°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
10:00a
Jerry Springer
11:00a
Jerry Springer
12:00p
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
This Is Us
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld