Local law enforcement gets patrol car for junior deputy

Little Deputy Tristen West
Little Deputy Tristen West

Many of us don’t know what we want to be when we grow up but a little boy from Columbia County has his heart set on having a career in law enforcement.

It all started when two Columbia County deputies met little Tristen West and they instantly became best friends.

The deputies noticed he had all the equipment to help fight crime…except for one thing.

Little Deputy Tristen West is using his patrol car to help fight crime but it wasn’t always part of his gear.

At least not until he met these deputies at the Columbia County Tag Office.

“I started looking around and he came running up with his little police man outfit on. And he gave us a hug and I was like, that’s nice…we don’t get that every day,” said Deputy Carey Simmons.

I’ll tell you the thing that got me was I knelt down to his level to talk with him and he put his hand on my shoulder and I said, we’ve got to go, we’ve got to go and he said, “be safe out there brother, I love ya,” said Deputy Chris Adkins.

So, Deputies Adkins and Simmons said, “Goodbye” and as they were patrolling, they started thinking.

“It would be pretty cool if we could get him a patrol car. So we went to see how much they were and he has a friend that he contacted,” said Simmons.

So, with a little help from the community and Deputy Rodriguez with the Waynesboro Police Department, Deputy Tristen now has everything he needs to fight the bad guys.

“We just wanted to do something a little bit more for him because he’s such an amazing little boy,” said Adkins.

“We don’t get that every day and it makes us feel good,” said Simmons.

A duo now a trio when it comes to patrolling the streets of Columbia County.

Deputy Simmons and Adkins gave more than a patrol car to Tristen. They also handed him his own badge and official swore him in as a junior deputy.

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