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Deputy's Daughter Knows Dad's 'a Hero'

The Post and Courier via YellowBrix

January 28, 2010

As well-wishers from police departments across the region filled her father’s hospital room Friday afternoon, Sydney DeGrow, 9, slipped quietly across the hall and sat down with a magenta sparkle pen and a notebook.

Charleston County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow was back home from the hospital Monday.

The day before, a burglary suspect had shot her dad, Charleston County Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow, in the head and arm. One bullet went through part of his eye and was still lodged in his skull.

Sydney has blond hair and freckles on her nose. She loves to write, and in a corner of a waiting room, she sat at a table and let the words tumble out.

“Have you ever heard of a hero? Like Superman or batman? Well my dad is a hero! Let me tell you what happened,” she wrote.

Her story would be a simple one.

“The first reason why he is a hero,” she scribbled, “is because he got shot five times and he is so brave that he did not give up because I know he loves us so much. He is so brave! And I’m also happy that God was looking over him and because God is also a hero! I am just so happy that he is still alive so I can spend time with him. I will never forget him! I will always be by his side! Nothing will get in between me and my dad.”

As she wrote, Sydney’s grandfather, Dave DeGrow, stood nearby.

Dave is from Michigan. His son grew up there, too, but didn’t like the cold. “He said, ‘If I’m going to be a cop, I don’t want to investigate traffic accidents in 20-below wind chill factor.”

About a decade ago, his son began looking for law enforcement work in Charleston, eventually landing a job with the Mount Pleasant Police Department and then taking a job with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office two years later. In addition to a daughter, DeGrow also has a 14-year-old son.

Anyone with family in law enforcement worries about getting “the call,” and Dave’s phone rang 11:15 a.m. Thursday with the news about his son. Read a letter from Deputy DeGrow’s daughter

Letter from Deputy DeGrow’s daughter

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