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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

I would like to honor a deputy with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

I have a brother that lives in Casa Grande, his name is Bruce Stevens. Bruce is a Vietnam veteran, loves his country, has lived and worked in Casa Grande most of his life and is a kind and giving person (even if he is my brother, I know he would give the shirt off his back if needed).

I called Bruce on Christmas Day and he was so sad and so down­-in-the-dumps. He said that he had been invited over to have Christmas dinner with some people and they never called him and would not answer his calls. Not blaming the people as one never knows what had happened there. Nevertheless, my heart just broke for my brother. He lost his wife over a year ago and had retired Dec. 22 of last year but was able to spend Christmas last year in South Dakota with family.

I was so saddened by my brother being so down and not having anything for Christmas dinner, I called the non-emergency number to the Casa Grande Police Department. They told me that he lives outside of their jurisdiction and gave me the number to the Sheriff’s Office; when I called I was told that someone would call me right back. The deputy (who chose to be unnamed) called and talked with me; he told me he was getting off work in about an hour and would see what he could do.

He took the time, after working his shift, maybe time away from his family, to help. Not only did he get the Christmas dinner, he also delivered it himself. I am so grateful to him, you just can’t imagine what “that dinner” did for the countenance of one man.

Roberta Newman

Pierre, South Dakota

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