5-year-old leukemia patient will be Thurston County Sheriff for a Day

Staff writerMay 16, 2014 

Sheriff John Snaza pins a badge on five-year-old Lucy Boyd's chest after she was commissioned to be "Chief for a Day" during a ceremony at the Thurston County Commission building. Lucy, who is in remission from leukemia, will assume her post for a day in August. From left: Snaza; brother Noah, 11; sister Sophie, 7; Grace, 9; mom Jenny and sister Katie, 2. Photo taken in Olympia on Friday, 2. May 16, 2014.

DREW PERINE — Staff photographer

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza swore in 5-year-old Lucy Boyd as a commissioned Thurston County Sheriff's deputy Friday, in anticipation of her being "Sheriff for a Day" in August.

Boyd was diagnosed in 2012 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or ALL. Across Washington, children with life-threatening illnesses participate in a program that allows them to be police chief, or in this case, sheriff for a day.

Boyd will take over as Thurston County Sheriff on August 21.

Thurston County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Cassidy said the sheriff's office is accepting donations to help fund gifts for Boyd as her important day approaches. Monetary donations and gift certificates are being accepted at the Washington State Employees Credit Union under the account name "Chief for a Day - TCSO," he said.

Most of Boyd's family, including many of her eight siblings, and her parents, Jared and Jenny, were on hand Friday to watch her get sworn in.

Jared Boyd said Lucy's leukemia is in remission. Jenny Boyd said her daughter "has been excited for weeks," about getting sworn in as a law enforcement officer. When she becomes sheriff, she'll get a ride-a-long, a tour of the sheriff's office and a trip to join the Thurston County SWAT Team on a training mission.


Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445; jpawloski@theolympian.com

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