BCSO HURRICANE HERO: Deputy Maggie Claypool Assists Struggling Mother, Saves Abandoned Dog
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // September 19, 2017
tasked with security at the Walter Butler Community Center, one of many shelters for Brevard County
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As the entire state of Florida was impacted by Hurricane Irma there were heroes from all walks of life that helped others in a time of need or put their own lives at risk to save the life of another.
Deputy Maggie Claypool, who works in Court Services for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, is one of those who did everything she could to help local residents who had been displaced from their homes during the storm.
Throughout the storm Deputy Claypool was tasked with security at the Walter Butler Community Center which had been identified as one of the many shelters for Brevard County residents.
At one point during the storm, Deputy Claypool recognized that a mom with several children was struggling under the stress of the storm while trying to attend to each of her children.
Deputy Claypool decided to go into action and took one of the children, an infant, under her wings so the mom could have a chance to catch her breath as the storm was going to be around for a long while.
In another instance, Deputy Claypool located a dog that had been abandoned during the storm by it’s owners who just dumped the dog out before leaving the area.
To make matters worse, the dog was suffering with mange and was abandoned during one of the worst Hurricanes to hit our area.
Being the compassionate person that she is, Deputy Claypool got the dog on a makeshift leash and contacted our Animal Services Unit to come to the area to help secure the poor pet.
Not wanting to bring the dog into the shelter, Deputy Claypool stood outside in the pouring rain, comforting the dog until our Animal Services team arrived and took the dog to our Animal Care Center.
I often tell people that in order to be a great cop you must have strong characteristics that prepare you to deal with almost any challenge you can imagine.
Without question though, having a huge heart for others is the most important characteristic anyone in our field could ever possess, as it is the engine that drives us to do for others even when we don’t have to.
I am extremely proud of Maggie for her actions during this storm and for all she does each and every day to help keep our community safe.
Please join me in thanking Maggie for a job well done and for her compassion to help others who found themselves struggling during a very difficult time in our community!
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey