Corrections officer survives line of duty attack in Lucasville

A Southern Ohio Corrections officer is talking publicly for the first time about the brutal attack he survived at the Lucasville prison in February. (WSYX/WTTE)

A Southern Ohio Corrections officer is talking publicly for the first time about the brutal attack he survived at the Lucasville prison in February.

Matthew Mathias, 40, said he still has a lot of healing and rehabilitation to do. But his doctors call him a “walking miracle.”

Mathias said while he knew the risk, he could not have predicted that day when he was stabbed at least 32 times by an inmate. Mathias was flown by medical helicopter to a West Virginia hospital.

“When I looked down at myself when outside and saw nothing but bloody gauze everywhere and knew my back was in the same condition ,I figured this is my last ride.”

Wife Shelley also works at SOCC but has taken the last four months off to care for and help the love of her life. “It was just a nightmare all the surgeries. It’s been up and down.”

The couple is adopting a two-year-old boy. They said the child has had a tough time understanding hospitals and why his daddy can’t pick him up.

The Mathias’ said the community has been amazing. “I am never one to try and ask for stuff. I never think that I deserve anything. I am a lucky dude. The prayers, it’s just humbling to see how many people stood up for me and tried to do whatever to help.”

Four surgeries, multiple procedures and infections are taking a toll. Mathias said he won’t discuss details of the attack since it remains under investigation,but he won’t give up. “God’s got to have a plan for me.”

“I struggled with anger some, but I am going a different route because I know God will take care of everyone involved in this situation,” Shelley said.

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