Posey County Deputy Bryan Hicks Receives Recovery Gift From Local Woman

Posey County Sheriff's Deputy Bryan Hicks received this blanket created by local woman Janice Kays Hill

A Posey County deputy who's recovering after being shot in the line of duty received a special gift from a local woman who wanted to show her support.

Posted: Dec 3, 2021 2:08 PM
Updated: Dec 3, 2021 2:35 PM

A local woman is showing her support for a Posey County sheriff's deputy who was shot in the line of duty.

Janice Kays Hill of Huntingburg says that she made a special "comfort blanket" for Posey County Sheriff's Deputy Bryan Hicks, who was shot in the line of duty back in September.

Before creating Deputy Hicks' blanket, Hill said that she had just recently made a blanket for a little girl fighting cancer. Just before she was finished making that blanket, she says she already knew what her next project would be.

"You don't think of this happening in small communities, however, it did. I felt compelled to do something," she said.

Hill said that she felt especially compelled to show her support for the injured deputy for several reasons.

"My heart ached for this family whose life was turned upside down in a matter of seconds," she said. "I realized having a son-in-law in law enforcement, that this could happen to any one of us, at any time."

"I started this project to maybe bring a little comfort to Officer Hicks and his family, to let them know that we appreciate their sacrifices, and that we support them," Hill said. "A lot of tears went into this gift, along with a lot of finger pricks. But I'm happy to say it's in its new home."

Hill says the blanket was delivered to Deputy Hicks and his family in the rehabilitation center where he's currently recovering.

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