Former addict says Deputy Pickett helped save his life: 'I will never forget him'

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. -- A man forever touched by Deputy Jacob Pickett says the deputy convinced him to turn his life around after he was arrested on drug charges. 

Alex Dale says he was living a different life – fighting a drug addiction – and on the path of self-destruction when he was arrested in December 2016.

That’s where Dale met Deputy Pickett.

He said their conversation was brief – but powerful. Deputy Pickett asked him what he was doing and why he was doing it.

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“I couldn’t give him an honest answer,” said Dale.

The two started talking about how Dale had a child on the way and what that would mean for his life.

“He said: ‘Well, don’t do it just for you, do it for the kid. That kid didn’t ask to be here, you’re bringing that kid here and you need to give it the life it deserves.’”

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Dale says that arrest and his conversation with Deputy Pickett changed his life.

“I cherish those words because it made me a better man. It made me a better father and I will never forget him.”

Hear more from Dale on how Deputy Picket changed his life and how he plans to honor him in the video player above. 

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