Sunday, March 26, 2017

Deputies Rocked Those Socks!

Some of Montgomery County’s finest public servants showed their compassion for others and supported a good cause by sporting some outrageous, yet fashionable, mismatched socks under their uniforms for one day last week.
Deputy Kayla M. Lochner-Franz Rocks her Socks/ Photo by Carl Hessler Jr.

County Sheriff’s Department staffers participated in the annual “Rock Your Socks World Down Syndrome Day” campaign on March 21, 2017, to raise awareness about Down syndrome, a genetic chromosomal disorder. The idea to participate came from Deputy Kayla M. Lochner-Franz whose uncle, Mike, had the syndrome.

Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies support "Rock Your Socks World Down Syndrome Day"/ Photo courtesy sheriff's department
“It’s an honor to do it every year. I like to keep carrying on awareness in memory of him,” said Lochner-Franz, adding her uncle, who grew up in the Manayunk area of Philadelphia, passed away at 51 years of age.

Lochner-Franz explained the campaign encourages people to find creative ways to advocate for the rights of those with Down syndrome and to celebrate the wonderful things about people with the syndrome.
Photo Courtesy Montco Sheriff's Dept.

About a dozen deputies participated in the “Rock Your Socks” campaign and they had to contribute to a Down syndrome charity in order to get permission to don their colorful socks.

World Down Syndrome Day is held on the 21st day of the third month, which signifies the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome, which leads to Down syndrome, according to the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware.

The colorful socks certainly were fun to look out and created a buzz at the courthouse but more importantly they brought awareness to a worthy cause.

Photo Courtesy Montco Sheriff's Dept.
Once again, sheriff’s deputies went above and beyond to show their compassion for and support of others. I commend you on your dedication and kindness. Thanks for all you do.


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