Pisgah SRO Deaver receives award from grateful students
CANTON — Pisgah High School students have found a friend in Canton Police Officer Aaron Deaver.
That is why the school’s National Honor Society Club decided to honor the school resource officer who attended the ceremony wearing a Pisgah hat and an infectious grin, with a pair of plaques signed by students during a small ceremony in the school’s media room.
Deaver has worked at the school for about three years now, and many say that from the beginning, he has been the right man for the job.
NHS advisor and school media coordinator Rena Wyatt said Deaver has been present in every sense of the word.
“He’s always here early, and he always stays late,” she said.
She added that while Deaver is dedicated to keeping the peace, he also is there for the school’s 1,000 students, especially those who are behind on their class work or enduring other struggles.
“He’s a stickler about following the rules, but the kids know if they need him, he’s always there,” she said.
The ceremony, which just so happened to coincide with "random acts of kindness week," was attended by officers from both the Canton Police Department and the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office.
Present was Canton Sgt. Scott Sleuder, a former SRO.
“I think this is the best assignment we have at this agency,” he said. “You’re working in conjunction with the school. We strive to have a good relationship with this school.”
Presenting the award was Pisgah NHS president Allison Merrill. She said that Deaver has shown dedication which goes above and beyond and also noted that he rarely — if ever — misses an event.
“He’s a person we can always count on as a friend,” she said.
Once given the plaques, Deaver had a few words for those in attendance.
“It’s an honor to be with the kids every day,” he said. “I really enjoy my job and I think you for this.”
Some of the teachers in attendance also had kind words of their own. One spoke of how professional and decisive Deaver was during last year’s bomb threat.
“It seemed like he was everywhere at one time making the kids feel safe,” she said.
Wyatt also added at the end of the event that the students had good reason to want to recognize Deaver — his job isn’t easy.
“SROs are a unique breed of officer,” she said. “They have to keep the peace and also remember that they are still working with teenagers.”