Bishop councilman seriously injured

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Councilman Ellis is expected to fully recover.

According to City officials, Bishop City Councilman Jim Ellis took a fall from an electric car while on a trip to Laughlin, Nevada, and suffered a serious head injury.  City officials confirmed that Ellis was flown via helicopter from Laughlin to the Intensive Care Unit of a Las Vegas Hospital.

Police Chief Chris Carter was present during this trip, along with Police Sergeant Dan Nolan.  Chief Carter issued this statement with approval from the Ellis family:

“On Friday, February 3rd at about 5 PM, Bishop City Councilman Jim Ellis was injured in an accident while out of town.  Councilman Ellis was on an annual fishing trip in Arizona with some friends which included Police Chief Chris Carter, Police Sergeant Dan Nolan and several other friends.

“Ellis was riding in the rear-facing seat of an electric car, and was returning from a short trip to the local market.  As the vehicle approached the home where he was staying and began to slow down, Councilman Ellis stepped off the vehicle before it came to a complete stop.  Witnesses said that it appeared that he misjudged the speed of the vehicle and lost his footing, causing him to fall and strike his head.

“Ellis was knocked unconscious by the fall and an ambulance was immediately called.  Ellis was transported to the local Hospital where it was determined that his injuries were potentially serious and he was transferred by helicopter to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, NV.  Chief Carter and Sgt. Nolan followed Ellis to Las Vegas and were joined there by his family.

Although Ellis was initially placed in the Intensive Care Unit, his condition quickly improved and he was transferred out of ICU late Sunday evening.  Councilman Ellis is currently resting comfortably and his condition continues to improve.  Chief Carter said that Councilman Ellis’ family wanted everyone to know that Jim’s prognosis is good and they appreciate everyone’s support.

Chief Carter said family members have asked that we all keep Jim in our thoughts and prayers during this time of his recovery.  Carter added that he and Ellis have been friends for several years and he knows that Jim Ellis is “one tough cookie” and will come through just fine.  Carter said the family will continue to keep us informed of Jim’s progress as he prepares to get back to serving the Citizens of his community.”

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Dani
Dani
10 years ago

@”Joe Relism” (not sure if that was a poor attempt at “Realism” or not…): There IS a lot of talk about alcohol going on here, but some of us KNOW the truth. And, obviously, “less” leads to “more”: more conjecture from people who were not there and, obviously, do not… Read more »

JJ
JJ
10 years ago

Dan I”m glad you replied to this. Maybe people will think twice before taking another cheap shot .

Terry
Terry
10 years ago

Reading posts on this and other websites is usually a frustrating experience with people like “Wilfred S” and a few others who contribute absolutely nothing of value except promote rumors, lies or attempt to exhibit their perceived superiority. If peole have to throw their thoughts out there, why can’t they… Read more »

Dan Nolan
Dan Nolan
10 years ago

Joe Relism I was there and there was no alcohol involved. Little Tip “Joe make up Stuff ” Shouldnt open your mouth without facts, accusations and such, you wouldnt like it if I did that to you. Im done now with this whole article.

joe relism
joe relism
10 years ago

There’s a lot of talk about the alcohol going on here folks. We’ll never know the truth so we have to take everyone at their word. But there is plenty of reason NOT to want the alcohol angle followed up on as one or more jobs could be in danger… Read more »

Dani
Dani
10 years ago

@Wilfred: I’m told not to read these things because there are so many ignorant people (such as yourself) out there who comment on things they know nothing about. Wish I would have listened..but I didn’t and have to respond. Is there something in this article that lends any credence to… Read more »

Wilfred S.
Wilfred S.
10 years ago

“Bennett why was this comment not censored? It has no relevant meaning to the story at hand” Because when booze is involved in an accident, it’s always an overblown issue with law enforcement and the pillars of community (e.g., church community, M.A.D.D., etc.), except when it involves one of their… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Wilfred S.

Were you there Wilfred, did you see them drinking, or are you …. making assumptions?

Dan Nolan
Dan Nolan
10 years ago
Reply to  Wilfred S.

What are you talking about read the reply above yours, there was no alcohol involved. I also have a hard time understanding that just because a government employee gets paid from taxes, tax payers have a responsiblity to dictated what that person does in their own time off the clock?… Read more »

Harry
Harry
10 years ago
Reply to  Wilfred S.

Some accuse Benett & KSRW of censoring, not true. Some want censoring, not good. Keep up the good work Benett.

InyoAlias
InyoAlias
10 years ago
Reply to  Wilfred S.

Way to speculate! You know absolutely nothing yet have made up an entire scenario from your imagination. You should write fiction.

InyoAlias
InyoAlias
10 years ago
Reply to  InyoAlias

I am referring to Wilfred S. post.

Dan Nolan
Dan Nolan
10 years ago

Wow Amazing, thanks to all the people on here who truly care that someone was hurt really bad and that his wife and kids are having to pull through with him. The rest of you with this crazy debate about alcohol, give me a break. Any time Law Enforcement is… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Dan Nolan

Amen Dan

BishopOldie
BishopOldie
10 years ago

Feel better, Jim! Love and hugs to you and your family!

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  BishopOldie

Amen Bishop Oldie, I add my prayers for them as well.

Wilfred S.
Wilfred S.
10 years ago

Was alcohol involved? Normally, this would be addressed but for the fact that off-duty cops were involved.

Bishop Dude
Bishop Dude
10 years ago
Reply to  Wilfred S.

Bennett why was this comment not censored? It has no relevant meaning to the story at hand. My thoughts and Prayers go to the Ellis family and hope to see him back in Church soon.

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
10 years ago
Reply to  Bishop Dude

I’m the editor, Bishop Dude.
BK

Rob
Rob
10 years ago
Reply to  Wilfred S.

Electric cart accidents “at the river” always involve alcohol.

I wish him well and hope for a full recovery.

JJ
JJ
10 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Rob you are assuming and accusing with zero proof. I don’t drink when I go fishing. But I do drink and I do go fishing. Hope I don’t fall off a golf cart someday with you around.

JJ
JJ
10 years ago
Reply to  Wilfred S.

wilfred- what are you a cop? He was in a golf cart on vacation. Who cares?

Honestly
Honestly
10 years ago
Reply to  Wilfred S.

Really? The poor guy was injured while on vacation and you want to assert that there was probably alcohol involved and that it won’t be mentioned because he was w/cops? Really??? How ’bout we assume that you’ve had a few run-ins with law enforcement based on your statement? Seems fair.

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Honestly

Right on Honestly. Good one Rob and Wilfred, always involve assumptions when posting replies.

I’ll make an assumption here, I think you two might turn over a new leaf on being so miserable contribute something better here. There’s always hope.

Rob
Rob
10 years ago
Reply to  Big AL

Geez, some of us are way too up tight. I’m sorry he was hurt, and really don’t care if he was drinking or not. It’s just a common assumption when someone falls off an electric cart at the river, booze is involved, or at least it should be. I hope… Read more »

upthecreek
upthecreek
10 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Don’t worry Rob,, People can’t handle the truth..
I am sure if we heard the real STORY.. we would all be shocked.

GGW

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Rob

Rob I have to apologize for my comment, I totally read that wrong in my comment toward you. I totally blew that one, not enough sleep. I’m sorry.

JJ
JJ
10 years ago

hope you get better soon. catch any fish?

Rob
Rob
10 years ago
Reply to  JJ

Catch any fish? They drank like fish instead.

Come on people lighten up! 🙂