Granting a child’s wish to be Deputy for a day

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) – A ten-year-old Camden boy is getting a wish granted Friday in Oriskany – actually, he’s getting two.

Josh Simmons is a bright and happy, energetic kid, and you’d never know by looking at him that he’s battled epilepsy since he was just four months old. While it is due to his frequent seizures that he can’t go to school, it hasn’t stopped him from dreaming big.

Now Josh’s wildest wishes are coming true thanks to the Kids Wish Network. Josh’s first wish is to meet WWE wrestler John Cena. His second wish, to work on the force as a Sheriff’s Deputy. Not only will Josh be meeting the wrestler he looks up to in Buffalo in the coming week, but his second wish is already coming true.

The Forensic Identification Unit at the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office welcomed Josh to join their ranks Friday, making it official by picking him up in a marked car. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol gave Josh a Sheriff’s badge and even swore him in with an authentic ceremony.

Everyone who has met Josh is only too happy to help make his wishes come true, including the President of the Oneida County Police Benevolent Association, Investigator Michael Simmons.

“It’s a chance for us to give back,” Investigator Simmons said. “We don’t usually get the chance to do something like this, and the association and the membership was very supportive in granting Josh’s wish to him and what better thing than to help a kid out in the community.”

Simmons is continuing to show Josh the ropes throughout the day, with a jam-packed schedule taking him across Oneida County.

Utica, New York
Published: 02/18/2011

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