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Despite surgery, former deputy improving
Community still rallying support
Sgt. Mark Rich and Cpl. Shonda Meekins (standing) hold up a Warriors for Will poster while Angie and Simone Meekins prepare to sell raffle tickets during a sporting-clay shoot held Friday to raise funds for Officer William Solomon. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

William Solomon, a former Liberty County deputy and current Georgia Ports Authority police officer, continues to make progress in his road to recovery after being struck by a tractor-trailer March 2.
Since then, Solomon has been hospitalized at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah with serious injuries.
On Friday morning, Solomon underwent surgery to his head to alleviate pressure on his brain. According to his wife, Aida, who keeps his friends and family updated with posts on Solomon’s Facebook timeline, the surgery was successful.
Aida Solomon reported that her husband was doing well and was expected to spend only 24-48 hours in the intensive-care unit for observations. She said that when William Solomon heard his mother, brother and wife speaking to him after the surgery, he blinked in acknowledgement.
The family had a worrisome night Saturday as Solomon’s blood pressure was a bit high. But Aida Solomon later reported doctors believed pain was the likely cause.
By Sunday afternoon, William Solomon was cleared to leave the ICU.
On Tuesday, Aida Solomon posted: “Pulmonary doctor came in today to check up on Will and said he is doing great … there is no need for him to check up on him every day … he will be seeing him now on an as-needed basis. Lungs/chest/breathing is fine. Right now, he is breathing air (no need for oxygen) on his own. Another doctor came in and said he looks good so no need for more meds after surgery… IV can come back out.”
The same day William Solomon went in for surgery, many friends and supporters made their way to the Dorchester Shooting Preserve for the Warriors for William Sporting Clay Shoot.
According to Cpl. Shonda Meekins of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, seven teams signed up for the event and roughly $5,000 was raised from registration fees, silent-auction items and raffles. The money will go to the Solomon family to cover medical expenses and daily needs.
The man reportedly driving the tractor-trailer at the time of the incident, Robert Lee Turner, was charged with DUI in Chatham County. He posted bond but was arrested in Liberty County for violating his probation on a previous DUI charge. Turner has a history of traffic citations on record.
A probation revocation hearing for Turner was brought before the court March 19 but continued until May 5.

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