Lamar County sheriff’s hold benefit to help one of their own

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - It was a busy day for the Lamar County Sheriff's Department on Saturday. Aside from serving and protecting, they also took the time out to help out one of their own.

"We're doing a fundraiser for one of our deputy's Dean Stephens who has a form of cancer and he's going through treatment right now and we're trying to raise money to offset the cost," said Sheriff Danny Rigel.

Stephens was diagnosed with a rare cancer known as burkitt lymphoma on July 18. Although it has nothing to do with him being a deputy, the sheriff's department have demonstrated their true bond with one another on and off duty.

"Law enforcement is a brotherhood," said Rigel. "He's one of ours, one of our own. We look out for each other and this is just a form of doing that, it's family."

Along with selling chicken plates at Temple Baptist Church, several friends and family members showed their support by donating blood, many have even shaved their heads, a support that Stephens appreciates and is very grateful for. 

"The sheriff's department has come out and done way more than I ever expected," said Deputy Dean Stephens. "It means so much to us, I just hope somehow I can pay back a little bit of it."

Along with receiving help, Stephens has recently also received some great news.

"The cancers gone and we just have got to finish the treatments now," said Stephens.

The Lamar County Sheriff's Department will hold a live auction on Tuesday at Brewsky's in Hattiesburg. All proceeds will go to help Deputy Dean Stephens.

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