Sobriety Court graduate recalls fallen Deputy Whitaker helped him after crash

MASON, MI (WLNS) – It’s a program that’s not easy and takes a lot of dedication.

The graduates of Ingham County’s Sobriety Court say it’s what they needed to change the course of their lives.

In Mason Tuesday 14 people finished the program as part of the 36th graduation in Ingham County.

They’ve spent months getting help for drug or alcohol related offenses. It’s a second chance for graduates.

6 News spoke to a man who says he got a second chance at living thanks to Ingham County Deputy Grant Whitaker’s help after a drunk-driving crash.

Last year Deputy Whitaker died after an accident during a chase.

This graduate recalls Whitaker rescuing him from his car after an accident.

“I’m 11 months sober. I was involved in an accident. I rolled my car and the officer that was on the scene pulled me out of the car. Deputy Whitaker was the first on the scene before the paramedics were there. I wish he was here, so I can thank him a lot, it was nice to meet his family,” said Loyd Fields, Sobriety Court graduate.

More than 430 people have graduated from the program since it started. Officials say 81 percent of people who have completed the program have not been arrested again.

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