SUTTON, Mass. - Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis swore in U.S. Senator Scott Brown as a Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff as part of the 35th annual Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association dinner ceremony held on April 28 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Massachusetts.
Brown was one of around 450 reserve deputy sheriffs sworn in during last Monday's ceremony, with the senator joining the ranks of nearly 700 members of the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association.
"This is really a volunteer organization of people committed to improving the quality of life in Worcester County, doing positive things and recognizing positive people and organizations in the county," Evangelidis said.
The charitable, non-profit, public service based organization has sponsored many worthy causes across Worcester County over the years. A Reserve Deputy is a person of good moral character, without necessarily having a law enforcement background and, when called upon by the High Sheriff, has the powers, duties, authority, responsibility and honors of a Deputy Sheriff, as provided for by Massachusetts General Laws.
This past year, the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association proudly sponsored well over 40 local charitable causes from across Worcester County such as Autism Speaks, the John Davies Childrens Fund and the Wounded Warrior Project.
The deputy sheriff's also volunteer to lend a hand during events organized by the sheriff's office.
"We put on a senior picnic, and we'll probably have around 700 people this year. It's free of charge and a really nice event, so we'll need a lot of volunteers to pull that off," Evangelidis said.
In keeping with its long tradition of giving back, the WCRDSA also co-sponsored the very successful Sheriff’s Annual Food Drive which generated over 40,000 pounds of donated food items and fed over 800 area families in need for the the Thanksgiving holidayand in December the Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association assisted in providing over 1,300 new and lightly used winter jackets for the Sheriff’s Annual Winter Coat Drive which were distributed to families less fortunate throughout Central Massachusetts.
Though the WCRDSA is traditionally not a law enforcement organization, as there are other deputies within the Worcester County Sheriff's Department to handle those duties, Evangelidis explained that there are situations when a reserve deputy sheriff would be called upon to help.
"I have the ability to call them up to help out if need be, for example when there was a tornado down in Strurbridge, we actually had some of those deputies come with me and we did traffic control in conjunction with the local police department," said the sheriff.
"As we celebrate the 35th Annual Swearing-in Ceremony for the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association, I am extremely honored to swear-in U.S Senator Scott Brown as a Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff. Having Senator Brown who has done so much for his country and his community through his many years of public and community service join our ranks as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff will truly be a great asset to our charitable organization which has made such a positive difference for so many in Worcester County. As Sheriff, I have made community service a top priority and I look forward to having Senator Brown on our Reserve Deputy team as we work together to give back to those who may be less fortunate in our Worcester County community." said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.