Deputy Nick Tullier recovering from gunshot wounds

Each day is a challenge for Nick Tullier. Tullier, a former resident of Livingston Parish and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy, was gravely injured when he and five other officers were shot by

Tullier and his fiancee Danielle McNichol, left. He now lives with his parents and McNichol while receiving outpatient physical therapy.

Tullier and his fiancee Danielle McNichol, left. He now lives with his parents and McNichol while receiving outpatient physical therapy.

Gavin Long on July 17, 2016, in an ambush on Airline Hwy. in Baton Rouge. Three of the officers died.
Immediately following the attack, doctors told his family he had been shot three times – in the stomach, head and upper arm – and probably would not live past the next day.
But Tullier proved the doctors wrong. Through sheer will and determination, he has undergone over a year of rigorous medical treatment and physical rehabilitation, first as a patient at TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation center in Houston, and now continuing his physical therapy as an outpatient because he no longer needs intensive medical care. He is living in an apartment with his parents, James and Mary Tullier and fiancée Danielle McNicoll.
Instead of planning a wedding with McNicoll as he had been anticipating, Tullier spent the last 18 months under medical care, first battling for his life and now working towards regaining his strength, coordination, speech and other functions such as walking, writing

Nick Tullier, above before the shooting on July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, while on duty as an EBR Sheriff’s Deputy.

Nick Tullier, above before the shooting on July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, while on duty as an EBR Sheriff’s Deputy.

Tullier communicates primarily by nodding to yes or no to questions, and using a laser with a letter board. In June, he uttered his first semblance of a word since the attack: “hello.” He has regained a small amount of movement in his arms and legs and can partially help lift himself from his wheelchair.. He still faces a long road of hard work in therapy, but has already defied the odds that were against him making it this far.
His family reported recently on his condition: “Vitals are ok; no fever; no problems. In physical therapy, Nick is working on a few new things, leg presses and using a ski rope to pull with his arms to help roll himself in bed to position himself for comfort and to help his caregivers move him. Occupational therapy is going well learning functional movements. He is working on using his hands to pull up and down, with the hope he will eventually be able to help dress himself.
Posted on the Facebook page “Nick Tullier Strong,” are daily medical updates and these messages: “Please continue to pray for ALL members of the Blue family including Nick – all warriors of God. Continue to pray for our military and all first responders wherever they may be. Pray ALL return home safely to their families when their shift or tour is over.”

Many groups have held fundraisers for Nich Tullier’s medical care and visited him when possible to show their support. Here with Tullier, center, outside the hospital in Houston is the Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle group.

Many groups have held fundraisers for Nich Tullier’s medical care and visited him when possible to show their support. Here with Tullier, center, outside the hospital in Houston is the Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle group.

“All Aboard the Miracle Express – Nick’s Prayer Train. Tickets available to anyone wanting to ride, free for a prayer. If you are praying for Nick, you automatically are a passenger. Prayer warriors everywhere helped produce a miracle. Watch as Nick’s miracle continues.”
Anyone who would like to help support Nick can go to the GoFundMe page www.gofundme.com and search “Nick Tullier Strong” and make a donation of any size. Also, other accounts are at local Whitney Banks (also affiliated with Hancock Bank). Or checks can be mailed to Nick Tullier Benefit, PO Box 938, Denham Springs, LA 70727 or make a 501c3 donation to the “Nick Tullier Strong Foundation,” PO Box 256, Livingston, LA 70754.

By Helen Wale Turner

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