Making a new friend
by The Press and Standard | May 11, 2019 5:00 pm
Last Updated: May 8, 2019 at 2:10 pm
On Saturday April 6, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office thought they were just helping host an event with the non-profit organization U.N.I.T.Y. to show the dangers of distracted/drunk driving — but they gained so much more that day.
Canine Deputy Corporal Janicki had just finished participating in the re-enactment show and was preparing to take parents, teens and children through the obstacle course while wearing special drunk goggles. (The goggles demonstrate how being impaired affects reaction time and judgement.)
During the demonstration, the cutest little five-year-old boy named RJ walked up to Corporal Janicki, stating he wanted to be a police officer during the day and a firefighter at night.
RJ struck up quite a conversation with Corporal Janicki regarding his “deputy duties” in Colleton County, Janicki said. RJ stayed by his side the entire remainder of the event. The last conversation consisted of RJ asking Corporal Janicki if he would be his best friend. Corporal Janicki quickly replied, “Yes.”
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was told that after the event, RJ’s mom had a photo of them together printed, which is now hanging on his bedroom wall. RJ is super proud of the friendship he gained that day and he’s quick to remind everyone that he and Corporal Janicki are best friends.
The Colleton County Sheriff’s office knew what an impression Corporal Janicki made on RJ and wanted to do something for him, so they got together with Black Street Elementary School staff and formulated a plan to surprise RJ with his new best friend, Corporal Janicki, coming to eat lunch with him at school. RJ was beyond excited when he saw his best friend waiting on him outside his classroom.
While eating lunch together, like typical boys would do, they had a contest to see who could eat their pineapple the quickest, who could chug their milk faster and continued to hold quite the conversation on how Friday was the best day at Black Street Elementary because it’s pizza day at lunch time.
“The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office did more than just assist in an event that day, they made a positive impression on a young boy’s life that will stick with him forever. These are the moments we as deputies live for — the chances we get to make a positive impact on a child’s life also make an impact on our own lives,” said Sheriff R.A. Strickland.