Overwhelmed by support, recovering sheriff’s deputy flips switch for annual KCK holiday lighting

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- It was an unforgettable night for one of Wyandotte County’s finest, Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wood, as he and his family flipped the switch at the Annual Mayor’s Downtown Holiday Lighting in Kansas City, Kan.

Wood was off-duty when he was shot and critically injured this past March as three armed robbers stormed a KCK convenience store.

The men charged in the crime are expected in court again in late January. Meanwhile, Wood has been on the long road to recovery, and on Friday opened up for the first time since the shooting to explain what the community support means to him.

“Just overwhelming,” he said. “ Just everybody’s prayers, phone calls, cards, support, people just walking up to me and shaking my hand and thanking me has really meant a lot to me and my family.”

His wife, Staci, added, “It’s amazing. We never thought that this day would happen and to know that he’s doing well right now and can actually physically get out here is great.”

Unified Government and KCK Mayor Mark Holland said honoring Wood at the tree lighting was a good way to show appreciation for his public service and for his fellow law enforcement officers.

“To be able to honor someone who’s come through such a difficult time like he has,” Holland said of Wood, “it’s really great for the whole community. There’s really been a special buzz tonight because people really appreciate him and really appreciate his inspiring story.”