The Pickerington Police Department was very proud to make young Deany Bandavanis Chief of Police for the special day that he spent with us on Monday. Deany is a very special seven year old who is bravely fighting a very aggressive form of brain cancer.
Chief Deany arrived on station and met several officers and staff members while he attended afternoon roll-call. After that, he had the opportunity to inspect and sit in one of the Columbus Police Department’s helicopters when it landed next-door in the parking lot of Grace Fellowship Church.
Chief Deany had a chance to get inside the Fairfield County SWAT Team’s armored truck (M-RAP), speak with SWAT officers and meet and make good friends with Pickerington PD’s K-9, “Foe”. He was also taught hand-cuffing techniques which he used to quickly place Detective Bryan Bragg under arrest.
The police department would like to express our special gratitude to the following organizations and individuals who made this day as special as it was for Deany:
The Columbus Police Department’s Aviation Division and helicopter pilots Ofc. Pat Conney and Ofc. Steve Stack for flying in.
The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Dean Rarey for bringing up the armored SWAT truck.
Grace Fellowship Church and Mr. Chris Smith for allowing us to turn part of their parking lot into a helicopter landing zone.
And of course, we send our warmest regards to Chief Deany, his brother Keller and his parents Ashley and Dean Bandavanis.
We hope you enjoyed your time with us! Come back again and see your friends at the Pickerington Police Department, anytime!