Maddie Lynch comes home with police escort and loved ones to greet her

FAYETTEVILLE – There were tears shed today but not of sadness, but tears of joy, appreciation, reflection, as well as thankfulness as Maddie Lynch came home from the hospital.

Barbra Southern sheds tears of joy as Maddie came by in a vehicle on her way home after being in the hospital since January.

A January 27, 2021 traffic accident left Maddie with a head injury that required quick action to get Maddie to a hospital for treatment.

Bedford Police officers Cody Emmons and Jeremy Bridges learned the nearest ambulance had to travel from Bloomington. Instead of waiting they loaded Maddie into a police car and rushed her to the hospital.

Bedford Police officer Cody Emmons receives a hug from one of Maddie’s family members. Officer Jeremy Bridges waits his turn.

Maddie’s family appreciates the efforts both officers made to save her life. The heroic officers escorted Maddie from Johnny Junxions to the Fayetteville Baptist Church where several people waited to welcome her home.

Maddie’s volleyball teammates and friends were there sending up thanks that she was finally coming home.

Maddie’s volleyball teammates welcome her home.

“These three months have felt like an eternity being without her,” said Maddie Robertson. One of the three Maddie’s or Mattie’s on the volleyball team. “We are super excited and pumped and ready to see her today.”

“She definitely has a big personality, and we missed that especially everyone around school, and the mood just died down since she has been gone,” said Mattie Leamar.

Maddie Lynch waves at the well wishers on her way home from the hospital.

“Maddie was the loud teammate always cheering you on and keeping your energy up,” said Abby Embry.

The teammates remember the fun times and the bus rides home from matches.

Maddie’s competitiveness, athletic spirit, and sportsmanship attitude have played a significant role in her recovery.

Bedford Police Officer Jeremy Bridges receives a hug from one Maddie’s family members.

Maddie’s family members got out of her vehicle to thank Bedford Police officers Cody Emmons and Jeremy Bridges both officers said – “We are glad she is home.”

A volleyball net decorated with welcome home wishes at the Lynch’s home.

The lawn of Lynch’s home was decorated with welcome home wishes, putting the final touch on the homecoming of this beloved young lady.

This was a happy occasion for many after a long journey of recovery.