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Walworth County deputy rescues child

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May 10, 2012

While on administrative duty, Walworth County Deputy Wayne Blanchard on Tuesday rescued an autistic child.


"I thought it was ironic that he rescued this child under the circumstances," Sheriff David Graves said.


The circumstance is the Saturday shooting in town of Lyons in which Blanchard shot and killed 22-year-old John W. Brown, who threatened Blanchard with a knife, according to reports.


When the call came in reporting the child missing, a reverse 911 call went out to residences in the child's neighborhood. Blanchard, who lives in the area, received the call and soon after found the child in his backyard. The child was returned to his mother unharmed.


"I congratulated Deputy Blanchard and told him he did a good job," Graves said. "I think he needed that."


The release of Blanchard's name was delayed until Wednesday in accordance with departmental policy, Graves said.


"The industry standard is to wait for three sleep cycles to allow the deputy time to adjust to the situation," he said.


The state Division of Criminal Investigation is conducting the investigation into the shooting to ensure a non-biased determination, Graves said.



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