Local carpenter Terry Davis is recovering from stab wounds to the stomach and leg after a Monday night altercation with an out-of-town pipeline worker. Davis said that although public opinion might not be high on the recent wave of workers moving into the Ohio Valley, he is still glad to have them in the area.
Police said Davis was stabbed twice on Monday night outside a McMechen bar by Ashley Baker. Davis said there were plenty of emotions running through his mind as the emergency crews worked fast to save his life. "Never at one point in time did I worry about where these people were from that did this," said Davis. "I was just worried about taking care of me and what I can do in the future to prevent this."
Although he is in a lot of pain and does face a long road to recovery, Davis said he does not blame the profession and works with pipeline employees a lot as a carpenter. "It's nice to have people along side us that are willing to assist us and continue to show us tricks of the trade to make things safer and show them what they know and show us how they do things so we can continue once they're gone to continue to work safely."
Davis believes the majority of the pipeline workers are great guys who have helped keep many different Ohio Valley businesses open and thriving.
"There have been a lot of businesses that have been able to stay open because we've had such a boom in the gas industry and I'm very thankful that I've had the opportunity to work around a lot of these guys," said Davis. "I've learned a lot of tricks from these guys and met a lot of good people that would at the drop of a dime be at your front door to give you a hand if needed."
Davis says the stabbing has changed his outlook on life and is trying to stay positive as he recovers from his injuries.
"I want to get back to work, I want to be able to raise my kids, I want to be able to live life like I was before this incident," said Davis. "You put that all into play and you kind of get a more positive outlook on things. Being negative you're not going to recover as fast, being negative you're not going to get up and move and push yourself and do what you need to do to be productive again in society."
Doctors said Davis has about six to eight weeks of recovery from his stab wounds. Ashley Baker is currently in Northern Regional Jail facing charges of malicious wounding.