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Following in his Footsteps

March 21, 2019 07:04 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- An emotional moment Thursday for one area family. When the Mower County’s newest sheriff’s deputy was sworn in, it was a case of “like father, like son”.

"I just wanted to grow up to be a police officer,” new deputy Sawyer Weiss said. “After growing up with my dad being with the Rochester police department, kind of wanted to follow in his footsteps."

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"I spent 30 years and six months with the Rochester police department, assigned to the patrol division," Bill Weiss said. He retired at the end of October 2017.

"I was always hoping for the day that we could maybe strap it on together,” he said of his son. “I decided to pull the pin before he got the chance."

“I'll definitely look to him for advice, and I know he's going to be following me through my career, so I'll always have him to fall back on," Deputy Sawyer Weiss said after being sworn in by Sheriff Steve Sandvik.

"I remember the day being in the government center, the Rochester law enforcement center and having the mayor do that to me,” Bill Weiss said.

“There's a lot of lessons I've learned, so to just pick one is very difficult,” Sawyer Weiss said of the experience he gained, watching his father. “Just knowing that everyone is human, we all make our mistakes."

“Do you have to do everything by the book and slap a ticket on everyone? You don't. Sometimes you give a life lesson, and that goes farther" Bill Weiss explained. "And as an undercover cop, I did a lot of work here so it's near and dear to my heart to see him in a place I had a chance to work."

And perhaps the ultimate honor for a law enforcement family: after the oath was administered, Bill Weiss pinned a “deputy” badge to his son’s uniform shirt.

"Me coming up and following in his footsteps, it means a lot to us as a family" Sawyer Weiss said afterward.

"It's a very exciting day for me today" Bill Weiss added.

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