An Award for a Good Decision

Deputy McPhillips presents 9-year-old Tongue River Elementary student Joshua Thayer with a "Good Decision" Award for finding a loaded weapon and seeking an adult to help him turn it in to law enforcement.
Deputy McPhillips presents 9-year-old Tongue River Elementary student Joshua Thayer with a "Good Decision" Award for finding a loaded weapon and seeking an adult to help him turn it in to law enforcement.

9-year-old Tongue River Elementary School student was awarded Wednesday during a school assembly for making a very wise decision.

Sheridan County Sheriff Dave Hofmeier explains why Joshua Thayer was given a “Good Decision Award” from Deputy McPhillips.

Hofmeier says this is a story that ended very well. Had Joshua thought the gun was a toy, it could have had a completely different outcome.

The purpose of the assembly was to show a ten-minute “McGruff” video on gun safety, after which, Sheriff Hofmeier says.

Also on hand to celebrate Joshua Thayer's award were members of the County Special Response Team and the two D.A.R.E. Officers – Deputies Madry and Hill.

The million dollar question, of course, is why would a loaded 9 mm handgun be alongside the road, resting by a fencepost? Sheriff Hofmeier responds.

Sheriff Hofmeier says it could belong to someone who doesn't even realize they're missing a gun. Deputy McPhillips is continuing the investigation into who owns the weapon.

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