Sheriff injured on bike

Published 6:38 pm Wednesday, November 8, 2006

By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith is recovering from a bicycling accident at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
According to Shirley Pettis, administrative assistant to Sheriff Smith, the injured official was released from the critical care unit of the hospital to a private room on patient halls Tuesday following a series of tests and examinations.
Although Smith was admitted to the critical care unit upon his transfer from D.W. McMillan to Sacred Heart, he was never considered to be in critical danger.
The accident that put Smith in the hospital happened Saturday morning on Keego Road, according to Major Mike Murphy.
Smith is in good spirits following the accident, Pettis said.
The injuries include mostly facial abrasions with some mouth injuries and a fracture in his skull, officials said.
Smith is currently serving his second term as the sheriff for Escambia County.
He was elected to his first term in 2002.
His name appeared on Tuesday's election ballot, however with no republican challenger in the election and will remain in office for another four-year term.

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