Hillsborough County Graduates First Post-Pandemic Jail Deputies

PLANT CITY -- They're the "Class of COVID-19."

The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office graduated 19 new jail deputies Friday, in the first class since the pandemic. Ryan Washington spoke for the class at the graduation ceremony in Plant City. Washington said the six feet of separation between cadets transformed from a "barrier to a bridge."

"Yes, there were six feet between us, but our hearts were intertwined."

Sheriff Chad Chronister praised the new deputies for earning their badges in "unprecedented" circumstances.

Photo: HCSO

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