Thursday, November 18, 2010

Charles Dickey, Fallen Sheriff

Charles Dickey

Charles Dickey was a member of the Elders Quorum IN Hyrum Second Ward after I returned from my mission.  He was also a police officer for Hyrum City and worked with Kim Cheshire who was also in our Elders Quorum.  Hyrum City Police department contracted out to Cache County Sheriff’s and both Kim and Chuck, as he was called, went to work for them.  Chuck was always very pleasant and very involved.  He had a big smile and a large mustache.

I went away to school in Salt Lake and lost contact with his family for a time.  He and his wife could not have children and decided to adopt downs syndrome babies.  During the summer of 1982, I traveled with Cliff Elmore to New York for the North American Council on Adoptable Children conference.  Cliff and I had dreams of establishing an international adoption agency at the time.

Chuck and his wife Patricia were there at the conference.  While they were there they also met a new baby with downs syndrome who was going to become a part of their family.  As part of the conference, we took a tour of New York.  This included taking the Coney Island Ferry across the river, which afforded a view of the Statue of Liberty.  I sat by Chuck and his wife during this excursion.  They had a baby with them.  I am not sure if it was a newly adopted baby or the one they had adopted previously.  They adopted two babies.  I enjoyed spending some time with them.

A couple years later, I had gotten married and moved to Nevada.  During this time, Charles Dickey, while responding to a domestic violence call, missed a curve in his police vehicle, rolled the car, and was killed.

His wife remarried, and raised the two Downs Syndrome Children along with another child.  She too met a tragic end just a couple years ago.  She was sleep walking, which is a problem she had for some time.  However this time she got outside and a winter's night.  She succumbed to the elements.  Her children were going to be taken care of by family.

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