On Monday, the first recipient of the ‘Rahamy Mitchell Scholarship Fund’ was sworn in as a deputy at the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office; the department where Mitchell served.
Deputy Rahamy Mitchell was killed in an automobile accident on Sunday, January 7, 2007, while responding to assist a member of the Leonard Police Department at the scene of a disturbance at approximately 1:15 a.m.
According the Officer Down Memorial Page, other deputies who responded to the disturbance when the call was completed, went to look for Deputy Mitchell who failed to arrive. They located his overturned vehicle on State Highway 11. Deputy Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries.
In 2018, Sheriff Mark Johnson said he wanted a way to honor the memory of Mitchell and therefore started the ‘Rahamy Mitchell Scholarship Fund’.
“I started the scholarship fund in October 2018 to honor Rahamy who loved law enforcement and who would be proud and honored,” said Johnson.
Lifelong Fannin County resident Zakk Reese was the first recipient of the scholarship; which paid to put him through the academy.
“Zakk completed the police academy, went through our oral boards interview process and was selected to be a deputy with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office.”
On Monday morning, Sheriff Johnson had the honor of swearing Reese in.
“He made a commitment to Rahamy’s dad that he would always try to make him proud and represent Rahamy’s memory in an honorable way,” said Johnson. “Zakk always wanted to work for the department and we are proud to have him.”
Zakk had his badge pinned on for the first time by his wife.
If you are interested in contributing to the “Rahamy Mitchell Scholarship Fund”, donations can be made at Fannin Bank or at the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office.