Deputy Liford released from hospital, procession leads him home

Just two days after a life-threatening situation that saw both Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies Keith ‘Buster’ Liford and Claude Hudson injured from gunshots, both men are home.

Deputy Hudson took one gunshot to his badge and vest Monday, leaving him with a knot and bruising, but otherwise was released to go home the same day. Deputy Liford suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and underwent surgery Monday afternoon at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

Wednesday afternoon, Kentucky State Police announced that Liford was being released from the hospital that evening. Liford’s ambulance transport home was met with a procession including, lead by his┬áboss and friend, Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith. Along with Smith was a host of other first responders and peers to support Liford as he made his journey home.

The Mountain Advocate was on the scene from the beginning of the procession to just before his destination.