PRAIRIE GROVE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Prairie Grove police officer Tyler Franks is back on duty one year after being wounded while responding to a domestic disturbance call.
The Prairie Grove Police Department made the announcement on its Facebook page on May 4.
Franks and his partner, Andrew Gibson, were presented with a Law Enforcement Commendation Medal from the Sons of the Revolution.
“Helping people is what I do,” Franks said “I’ve been a volunteer firefighter for 11 years, a police officer for eight. That’s all I know is helping people.”
On May 4, 2021, Franks was severely wounded in the line of duty while responding to a domestic disturbance call. He was shot three times.
According to police, when the officers attempted to make entry into a bedroom, the suspect, Nickolas M. Colbert, fired multiple rounds from a shotgun and handgun at close range.
Gibson returned fire, stopping the suspect, and provided life-saving efforts to Franks.
Franks suffered irreparable damage to his left leg and underwent a partial amputation.
“Rehab has been, since day one, just me trying to improve and learn how to walk and getting stronger,” Franks said. “No matter what happens to you, you can continue your journey”.