PRESTONSBURG – Two Floyd County Sheriff Deputies, Justin Szymchack and Justin Cooley, along with Prestonsburg Firefighter Jacob Chaffins, surprised three young boys – Bryan Marsillett (13), Brayden Marsillett (5) and Mark Marsillett (2) from Prestonsburg with the opportunity to see what it feels like to be a law enforcement officer.
“I received a telephone call from a friend of mine saying the boys two month old sister passed away a few days ago and they were having a tough time dealing with the loss,” said Justin Szymchack, Floyd County Sheriff Deputy. “They asked me if we could maybe go by and see the boys and let them look at the police cruiser and possibly help take their mind off their loss.”
The boys were sworn in as Junior Floyd County Sheriff Deputies.
“We swore them in as junior deputies and made them raise their hands and read the certificate off, honoring them for being brave and strong and good for their parents,” said Szymchack.
All three boys were given an official junior deputy badge and certificate honoring them for their bravery.
“The family has been through a difficult time. Seeing smiles on their faces again is priceless. Children should not have to deal with such loss at this young age,” said Megan Marsillett, the boy’s cousin.
“We spent about an hour with the boys, and they got inside the police car and played with the siren. They were smiling from ear to ear and really having a good time,” said Szymchack. “Along with the badge and certificate, we also gave them some crayons and coloring book.”
First responders such as deputies and firefighters are often faced with intense stressful situations. Taking the time and effort to visit the boys is a testament to the compassion and dedication of our Floyd County Sheriff Office and Prestonsburg Fire Department.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 794-0290.