Friday, April 18th will be a special day in the life of 8 year-old Chase Getch and his family. Chase will be sworn in as Honorary Battle Ground Chief of Police at a Junior Deputy Program event to support Chase and children like him who have been diagnosed with chronic illnesses.
Like many boys his age, Chase enjoys playing games on his Xbox, particularly games related to sports and super heroes. Like a real super hero, Chase has faced many challenges in his life. He has a condition called Achondroplasia, also known as “Dwarfism”, which has caused him to undergo several surgical procedures. “Every day Chase teaches us about bravery and courage”, says his mom, Kristin Getch, “he has dwarfism but that does not define him, he is a boy that will find a way to rise to any challenge.”
Chase’s swearing-in ceremony will be held on Friday, April 18th at 6:00 pm at Main Event Sports Grill-East located at 3200 SE 164th Ave in Vancouver. A donation dinner, including a silent auction, will be held from 4:30 – 8:30 pm. The community is invited to join Chase, his family, and the Battle Ground Police Department in support and celebration of this brave young hero. Donations may also be made to the Clark County Junior Deputy Program at any Riverview Community Bank branch.
The Chief for a Day and Junior Deputy programs are sponsored by law enforcement agencies to benefit children who have been diagnosed with chronic illnesses or other challenging conditions. These children are given a special day and attend special events throughout the year in which the focus is not on their illnesses, but a celebration of their lives and dreams.