San Patricio County Sheriff Leroy Moody Back on the Job

San Patricio County Sheriff Leroy Moody is back on the job after recovering from a major heart attack on Sept. 14.

Since Moody suffered that heart attack, he said he and his family have received a tremendous outpouring of support.

"I had a lady who's a friend of mine here in Sinton, who had them hold a mass for me. And I'm a Baptist, but she didn't care," Moody said. "She wanted to have it done, and they're still praying for me, and I appreciated every prayer that there was."

Back in his office, Sheriff Moody is his usual self -- full of life, telling stories and sharing jokes. The sheriff says he does not remember experiencing the heart attack or anything during the next two weeks after the incident. He suffered the attack after mowing his lawn on a hot afternoon.

Moody, who is 73-years old, has been working for San Patricio County for close to 50 years, and he has been through a lot over his life and career.

"You know, I was kidnapped in 1973, May the 14th, with that little pistol right up there," Moody said. "And I saw what I assume was a bright light, and I made a promise then, that if He wasn't going to take me, that I'd do whatever he wanted me to do."

Sheriff Moody was elected in 1988 and took office in 1989. Now that he's back, he said he plans on serving out his term, adding that you can't know what you put your family through when something like this happens -- that they are the ones that suffer -- and he wouldn't wish this on his worst enemy.

Moody said you just have to take it day by day, and never take tomorrow for granted because it may never come.


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