Youngest deputy fulfills his dream, takes oath of office
No matter how much hard work most people put into their lives, they just don't get so see their childhood dreams come true.
Little kids hoping to be astronauts, superheroes or secret agents rarely find themselves "living the dream."
At Carbon High School on Saturday, Jace Marietti got to live out his childhood dream.
Marietti, who suffers from Cockayne Syndrome (a genetic disease which effects his entire body and mind) was made an honorary deputy ofthe Carbon County Sheriff's Office.
"This little boy is a hero in the lives of so many who have met him," said Jessica Adams, the Carbon County native who organized the event after getting to know Jace via Facebook. "Most would think it would be the other way around, but anyone who knows him is inspired by him instantly."
The Cockayne Syndrome Jace is fighting, takes most who suffer from it by the age of 12. It is a painful and debilitating illness that causes premature aging coupled with a small stature. So while most see Jace as a kid, he is 17 and his body has fought the wars of an octogenarian. In fact, he recently lost the ability to walk on his own.
After getting to know Jace, Jessica and her husband Mike Adams went to work with the team of dedicated individuals and put together an event which captivated all in attendance on Saturday.
Starting at 2 p.m., law enforcement officers, senators, mayors, dignitaries and the citizens of this community witnessed the wonder of an individual's dream coming true.
Because of his disease, Jace has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old child, so even though a procession of more than 50 different police department's carried him to Carbon High, the event's organizers were able to keep his reason for being there a secret. Or at least he let everyone think that.
After being brought on stage with his family, Jessica revealed why he was at the high school. To say that the look in his eyes was anything short of magic would be a lie.
The young man was excited beyond what mere words can describe.
Just prior to being sworn in and given his uniform, the crowd was treated to several truly gripping addresses including a write-up given by Jessica's husband, Carbon County Deputy Mike Adams.
"The thin blue line," as he called his speech described the challenges of being a law enforcement officer. He spoke of the joys of helping others and the difficulty that goes with watching humanity battle through some of its most wrenching events.
"As an officer, we do this job because it's in our blood, we answer a calling from within our hearts that asks us to stand up and fight for what is right, to be a warrior and a protector," he said. "We love, we cry, we bleed. We are no better than anyone else and should never treat anyone as if we are."
Yet Adams also addressed the extraordinary circumstances police must deal with at certain times in their career and the responsibility they carry to restore order for the rest of us.
Following Adam's address, Chief Deputy Tom Stefanoff gave Marietti the oath of office.
According to Jessica, the badge Marietti now wears would not have been possible to obtain without the help of Sheriff James Cordova and an army of others who assisted in the event, entitled "Jace's Dream."
In addition to the badge, Marietti was also given police gear by the Emery County Sheriff's Office, a letter and gift from Gov. Gary Herbert (which was presented by Nannette Wride, the wife of a fallen officer), and a quilt with 152 patches, one from every department in the state of Utah. The quilt was made by Holly Hansen of the Pin Cushion.
" The event turned out to be incredible. So much love and support from so many people that I can't say thank you enough for everyone making it be what it was," said Jessica. "I am so honored to have been able to put this together and had it be so amazing. It's a day that I know Mike and I will cherish. The best part for me was the 15 hugs I got from Jace after the event, it was priceless, Jace truly is and always will be a hero and inspiration in my life."