Chief Deputy Wayne Bird said Tuesday afternoon he had spoken with Ruth.
According to Bird, Ruth was still in good spirits and was progressing much quicker than expected. Bird said doctors provided the optimistic outlook regarding Ruth’s rapid recovery from the sickness which occasionally causes tiny blood clots resulting in stroke-like symptoms.
Ruth and Bird were attending an FBI special training class when Ruth became nauseous and suffered dizziness.
He was admitted to the hospital for testing and treatment.
“The sheriff is alert, responding well to his medication and giving instructions from his hospital room,” said Bob Gault of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in a statement released during the weekend.
Gault is the media relations coordinator for the BCSO.
According to Gault, many residents and well-wishers have requested information on where to send cards or flowers to the sheriff.
“We are asking for [well-wishers] to send get-well cards, letters or flowers to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, 2290 Blythe Ave. S.E., Cleveland TN 37311. We will get the items to the sheriff,” Gault said.