Local Boy Diagnosed With Cancer Becomes Deputy for the Day
A crime wave swept through Hancock County on Saturday afternoon, and luckily, their newest sheriff's deputy was up to the task and cleaned up the streets fast, one small step at a time.
It was a busy first day on Saturday for Hancock County's newest deputy, Ray Jay Ripley. Ray Jay helped stop some traffic violators, had a drug bust and even captured a felon. It was all in a day's work for the Newell 8-year-old.
Ray Jay has wanted to be a cop since he was four years old and fell in love with the job once he met Hancock County Sheriff Deputy Chuck Stanley and his police canine. Sadly, last year Ray Jay and his family found out he had a potentially cancerous brain tumor. "We found out and we thought let's do something special for him," said Hancock County Sheriff's Department Lt. Chuck Stanley.
Ray Jay was sworn in as Hancock County's newest deputy Saturday morning and the action started right away for the rookie. The sheriff's department, with some help from the local community, set up scenarios that helped highlight why Ray Jay wants to be a cop.
Although Ray Jay loved helping people, his favorite part of the day was getting criminals off the streets.
"I like putting the bad guys in the cell," Ray Jay said.
Ray Jay's mother Tara and the sheriff's department surprised him Friday night with a specialized uniform. She said they waited to give it to him because she knew he wouldn't ever want to take the uniform off. "We kept it for quite some time and I can honestly say I've never seen a bigger smile on my son's face. Today and yesterday have been his happiest moments, " Tara Ripley said.