Support the blue

Sheriff David Cofield, Bryce Tanner and Chief Deputy Donnie Grant

Handley Middle School seventh-grader Bryce Tanner took it upon himself to raise $1,200 to go toward the purchase of a bullet-proof vest for Randolph County Sheriff's Department.

Bryce sold bracelets that said #backtheblue for $3 a piece. Bryce said, "This fundraiser was important to me because I have an uncle that is a police officer in Georgia and a close family friend who is like an uncle to me who's name is Donnie Grant, and he works at the Randolph County Sheriffs Office."

Bryce saw a post on Facebook from another sheriff's office page with these new and improved vests that were better on the officers' backs because they can take them off during a break or lunch. So he wanted to get these vests for the local sheriffs office.

"Bryce told the sheriff's office he had been seeing different posts on Facebook about officers wearing exterior carriers as a alternative to wearing heavy duty belts," said Sheriff David Cofield. "This money is going to be used to obtain vests for two officers. Bryce is a fine young man, and we are humbled by this young man's act of kindness and supporting his local law officers."

Sheriff David Cofield, Bryce Tanner and Chief Deputy Donnie Grant

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