Sheriff explains why Legacy Fund is crucial for fallen Pierce County deputy
Washington State lost a 25 year-old husband and father, Deputy Cooper Dyson. He was killed in a crash on his way to assist deputies in a domestic violence call, and now a Legacy Fund has been set up to help. Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor joined the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH to discuss why it’s so important in this case.
“It is tremendously hard when we lose one of our own. We talk about the thin blue line and there are times when we’re going to calls to try to look out for one another and look out for citizens and keep everybody safe. Sometimes they’re just too many spread around,” he said.
“I’m blessed because I get to work in an agency where the people have tremendous intelligence, tremendous heart and will go way out of their way to help citizens.”
Pierce County Crime Stoppers has set up a Legacy Fund for Deputy Dyson to help take care of his family, who are very much in need at this moment.
“Deputy Dyson was only on our department for less than two years, and while we do have a pension system, which I am very grateful for in law enforcement, it doesn’t kick in until two years, so his contributions will be returned to his family, and he will have no pension as such.”
“We’re trying to raise money to help his family.”
Sheriff Paul Pastor says Deputy Dyson leaves behind a two year-old son, a daughter about to be born, and that in having a family Dyson was planning on a long career, both serving the county and supporting his family.
“That was not to be. Sadly, he was taken from us heartbreakingly. So we’re working to step up and help the family.”
“Our deputies are stepping up, our families are stepping up, the citizens of the county are stepping up, and I’m grateful for that because this is a young man who was willing to be larger than his own life, willing to, if you will, put himself and his family at risk for the rest of us.”
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