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COOKEVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Ten years ago, J.R. Scott, a former investigator with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, walked into a meth house. He’s still suffering from what happened that night.7405108_G

Scott is now the picture of bad health. His lungs are destroyed, forcing him to use a ventilator at all times. His medicine cabinet is loaded with daily doses.

But he was once an aggressive and dynamic leader of Putnam County’s meth task force.

“I’d never been sick a day in my life until that happened,” Scott said.

Scott walked into the Chestnut Street home with the Department of Children’s Service to remove children from the home.

“There was a white five-gallon bucket on the floor,” Scott said.

The meth cook reacted and threw chemicals all over Scott.

“She managed to get the lid, dousing it all over me,” he said. “It melted the shirt. It took about four months before I could speak.”

For Scott, the last 10 years have been a hellish decline. He’s suffered from voice problems, blood clots, heart attacks and heavily damaged lungs.

“The only time I leave the house is to go to the doctor, to the hospital,” Scott said. “I’m stuck here. I’m frustrated but not bitter.”

Scott has passed on his passion for service to his children. One of his sons is a K-9 deputy with Putnam County. Another son is a marine.

Scott is so uncomfortable with being needy, he said he was embarrassed to set up a GoFundMe account to buy dentures.

“My pride was trying to get in the way,” he said.

In the end, he admits he needs some help, just like all those he helped in his 21 years in law enforcement.

Scott has never tried to sue the county. He said he knew the risks that came with the job.

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