PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) - A man who officials say is a big part of Greene County and law enforcement there was honored with an honorary reserve deputy badge with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.
Wesley Hathcoat was recently at the sheriff’s office helping to raise money for the Paragould Polar Plunge when Sheriff Steve Franks said he needed help at the department.
Hathcoat then walked back with Franks to his office.
“I asked him if he’d like to join the force," he asked. "He was all about it. He was ready to go.”
“That’s right, Sheriff," Hathcoat said.
A Facebook post on the department’s website, which has been seen nearly 11,000 times, showed the swearing-in.
Franks said Hathcoat’s eyes lit up as he received his badge and paperwork with the department.
“You haven’t arrested anybody, yet, have you," asked Franks.
“Okay, alright. Nobody’s given you any problems?”
Hathcoat plans to keep his badge on at all times and plans to keep the peace in Greene County.
Franks said Hathcoat has several friends at the department, including Inv. Tony Williams with the sheriff’s office; and with law enforcement in the county.