STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A very special homecoming is being celebrated in the Poconos as the Monroe County deputy leaves the hospital after a lengthy stay.

The recent gloomy weather could not put a damper on the Monroe County sheriff’s office as they welcomed Deputy Steven Dimmick home after he was hospitalized due to COVID.

Located in the heart of the Poconos is the Monroe County sheriff’s office made up of 26 deputies and Sheriff Ken Morris.

“We’re a tight-knit group, we have like a family dynamic here, so everyone looks after each other,” said Sheriff Morris.

That family stepped up to support one of its own Deputy Steven Dimmick, who is an 8-year veteran with the sheriff’s office and was hospitalized in November after contracting COVID while in the line of duty.

In December Dimmick was placed in a medically induced coma and put on a ventilator. As he continued his fight against complications from COVID he needed to be transferred to another hospital.

“He was scheduled to be airlifted but due to the weather, they actually couldn’t get the helicopter to take off, so we sent a couple of cars over there to make sure he got down in Philadelphia safely,” explained Morris.

During his recovery, the sheriff’s office and community supported the fight of his life by sharing his story and creating a gofundme page that raised more than $50,000.

“The national sheriff’s association also reached out so the story went national, so we had a lot of police departments and sheriffs’ offices from other states reaching out to us as well. It was actually, really, an extraordinary experience for us,” stated Morris.

After five months deputy Dimmick was released from a rehabilitation center last week and is finally back home recovering with his family.

“I just can’t say thank you enough to the community for coming together, even if they didn’t know deputy Dimmick. He’s one of those that has a heart of gold and he’ll do anything for anybody,” explained Morris.

Sheriff Morris tells us Deputy Dimmick still has a long road to recovery, but they are beyond grateful that he is home.