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Woodford County Honorary Deputy passes away after six year battle

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(WEEK) - A Woodford County Honorary Sheriff's Deputy passed away, but the impact he left on those around him has not been forgotten.

"Brandon Hale had bad days, but you would never know it because he didn't show it to you," said Sergeant Al Holocker. "He would bring a smile with him everywhere he went."

14-year-old Brandon Hale battled Astrocytoma for more than six years, sadly he lost that battle Thanksgiving morning.

"Brandon always just wanted everyone to know that he fought hard," said D.A.R.E Deputy Angela Holocker. "He won his battle, some people don't look at it that way, but he did won he fought courageously."

Hale, also known as Brandon Brave, was introduced to the department through the D.A.R.E program at his elementary school and was named an Honorary Deputy in 2017.

"It's been an honor, he is the most courageous person I have ever met and he taught me more in the four years than I could ever teach him, just to be forgiving and to love everybody," said Deputy Holocker. "It was just great to have him by my side, he was just a great person."

During his four years at the Sheriff's Office, those at the department said he was tough and never failed to brighten their day.

"He was instantly the kid that as soon as you meet him he has that smile that brightens the room and makes you a better person the first moment you talk to him," said Sergeant Holocker. "He brought this morale to the department and it went up every time he was here."

Andie Bernhardt

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