Law enforcement stepping up to help deputy

Minden Police Det. Shane Griffith (left) hands a $1,000 check to Maj. Robby Hayden, Webster Parish Sheriff’s Patrol Division.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

For more than 20 years, Wade Wells has been helping the public as a patrol deputy for the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Now Wells needs help from the public and local law enforcement is stepping up to the plate.

“Wade has a liver disease,” said Maj. Robby Hayden, who is over WPSO’s patrol division. “They don’t know just now what it is.”

Wells, a lieutenant in patrol division, is in Intensive Care Unit of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Hayden said Wells became ill on July 4 of this year.

“It hit him really bad, and he’s been off work since then,” Hayden said. “His numbers are getting better, but he’s still not out of the woods yet.”

Minden Police Association decided to help Wells with a $1,000 donation for his medical bills.

The Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office is also pitching in with a raffle for a Benelli 12 gauge Super Black Eagle 3.

From now until November 1, $10 raffle tickets may be purchased through the sheriff’s department.

“People can come down or can call the sheriff’s office dispatch (318-377-1515) to get tickets,” Hayden said.

B1 Bank has opened an account for donations in Wells’ name.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper, who once worked for the sheriff’s department, said the police department is looking at some other fund-raising ideas that may include a fish fry and a gun raffle.

“We’ve done one of those before,” Cropper said. “It’s where we have a drawing for a gun every day for 30 days.”

Minden Police Det. Shane Griffith said more details will be forthcoming on those events.

Lt. Wade Wells and family.

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