An Orange County Justice of the Peace has been hospitalized after contracting a flesh-killing bacteria at the beach.

Orange County Precinct 2 Justice of the Judge Peace Derry Dunn was exposed to the bacteria while at Crystal Beach for a family reunion about a week and a half ago.

Dunn had some tissue removed from his leg because of the bacteria, identified as Vibrio Vulnificus.

"We cut down until we get to bone. Once we get to bone we have to think about, we are going to have a peg leg or amputate. I'm sitting there thinking, I'm about to lose a leg. Hard to wrap your mind around that stuff," Judge Dunn told 12News from his hospital bed.

In addition to serving as Justice of the Peace, Judge Dunn is also a municipal Judge for the City of Pinehurst. He is expected to make a full recovery but doctors are monitoring Judge Dunn everyday to make sure surgery removed all the bacteria.