Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Deputy lauded for helping a citizen in need

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 2:07 PM

click to enlarge Deputy Wheat: "unconditional service." - COURTESY EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Courtesy El Paso County Sheriff's Office
  • Deputy Wheat: "unconditional service."
Police brutality has dominated the headlines for a couple of years now, and it seems like there's a new case almost daily.

So it's refreshing to see a bright spot arise, which can be found in El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder's "The Informer" newsletter.

He says he received a letter from a citizen about an encounter with Deputy Chad Wheat. The letter:
In my opinion, Deputy Wheat went above and beyond the call of duty on Wednesday, January 6. I was driving west on highway 24. I had my four wheel drive in two wheel drive and hit an ice patch that sent me swerving into the median between the two Green Mountain Falls exit. There was no injury or damage. I tried to extract myself but failed.

Deputy Wheat arrived on the scene and first made sure I was not injured. He then checked the vehicle for damage. Prior to his arrival, I called a tow service to pull me out. I was told it would arrive in 90 minutes. It was a cold night. Deputy Wheat did not leave the scene. In fact he helped me get my vehicle back onto the highway. This took a great deal of time and patience on Deputy Wheat’s part.

I’m sure that deputies come across the incidents often. But what makes this situation stand out for me is that I am Black.

Law enforcement officers have been getting a lot of bad press for doing their duty, for protecting and serving the community. “Black Lives Matter” has been at the forefront of this racist, meritless attack. And I am sure Deputy Wheat is aware of the groundless assault on our nations bravest. He did not let what he knows about these baseless smears deter him from helping a citizen in need.

Deputy Wheat is a real hero in my book. His selfless act, the discomfort of the cold he had to endure to help a citizen impress the heck out of me and inspired me to drive even slower in bad weather.

I thanked Deputy Wheat for his unconditional service. And I wanted his fellow Deputies and commanding officers to know that this is one Black citizen who feels a lot safer with such incredible deputies serving the community.


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