There are some things you just don’t mess with, and a man’s western wear is one of them.
An inspiration to us all, Gene Bryson is retiring from the Sublette County Sheriff’s Department after a new sheriff, Stephen Haskell, banned deputies from wearing cowboy hats and cowboy boots. That’s right. In 2015, this kind of stuff still happens. In case you didn’t already know, Sublette County is located in western Wyoming, one of the most obvious places that one would expect to see law enforcement in western attire. Bryson has spent the last 40 years of his career in law enforcement, and it appears that he will end it all via massive power move.
Said Bryson, “I am not going to change. I’ve been here for 40-odd years in the Sheriff’s Office, and I’m not going to go out and buy combat boots and throw my vest and hat away and say, ‘This is the new me.’
The new him. I love it. You have to respect this man’s hardheadedness. Newly anointed town villain Sheriff Haskell explained that deputy safety was as much a part of his decision as aesthetics.
“Have you ever stood on the side of the highway on a blustery Wyoming day and tried to keep a cowboy hat on your noggin?” Haskell asked. “I’d rather my deputies were concerned with their safety and the safety of the public than trying to chase down a fly-away cowboy hat.”
Okay, so that kind of makes sense. The guy is just trying to set some guidelines to better serve and protect. But Bryson is having none of it. We all dream of going out on our own terms, and this guy is actually doing it.
[via Casper Star Tribune]
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