Mayes County Deputies To Cover Seminole County

Friday, July 31st 2009, 11:04 pm
By: News On 6

By Jennifer Loren, The News On 6

PRYOR, OK - A funeral is set for Saturday for Seminole County Sheriff's Captain Marvin Williams.  Meanwhile, four Mayes County Sheriff's deputies are readying to help man the posts of their fallen brothers.

"It strikes home. It does. It strikes home when any law enforcement officer is killed," said Mayes County Undersheriff Joe Garrett.

"This is a brotherhood here where we're really all in one big family. And, everybody feels everybody's pain," said Mayes County Deputy Jerry Douglas.

Deputy Jerry Douglas is one of four Mayes County deputies who volunteered to spend their weekend in Seminole County.  After two deputies were shot and killed there, Douglas says it's the least he can do.

"Giving up a weekend of my time is nothing compared to what those deputies have given up... the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe," said Mayes County Deputy Jerry Douglas.

Armed with GPS and a partner, Douglas will be answering calls in unfamiliar territory.

"I don't know where I'm going. But, I can get lost in Mayes County sometimes. So, I don't know. We'll find it whatever they've got for us to do," said Mayes County Deputy Jerry Douglas.

They'll answer Seminole County's calls while their deputies are attending Captain Marvin Williams' funeral.

The Mayes County Undersheriff says Seminole County needs all the help it can get.

"When you lose one deputy that's tough, when you lose two deputies at the same time, you just can't hardly recover from that," said Mayes County Undersheriff Joe Garrett.

As these Green Country Deputies patrol another county's roads, they say they'll be thinking of their fallen brothers and their ultimate sacrifice.

"Law enforcement is a brotherhood.  I mean, it's a family. It's a family," said Mayes County Undersheriff Joe Garrett.

All four Mayes County deputies will work through Sunday.  Captain Williams' funeral is at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Seminole State College gym on the west side of the campus.  The public is invited.