ASHEBORO, N.C. -- Two Randolph County sheriff's deputies who were shot in August during a traffic stop in Randleman were presented plaques from the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Detective Jonathan Chriscoe, 33, and Deputy Ed Slafky, 38, were wounded on the afternoon of Aug. 27 in an exchange of gunfire with Jamey Lee Ashley, 36, who was in a car believed to be involved in several break-ins across Guilford and Randolph counties.
"I wish I didn't have to receive it," said Det. Chriscoe. "It's been pretty tough."
Chriscoe has returned to work while Slafky may not return to full duty until February.
"Just three weeks ago I was in a wheel chair," said Slafky who was shot in the side and leg. "I set goals for myself each day and my next one is to start driving."
Both men say the experience has brought them closer with family and friends and the support has been overwhelming.
"We had phone calls, letters and cards from people all over the country ... the outpouring ... I just can't explain it," said Slafky.
The presentation took place at 1 p.m. at the Historic Randolph County Courthouse at 145 Worth Street.