Bladen County graduate asks deputy to be ‘honorary dad’ for graduation


BLADENBORO, NC (WTVD) — A deputy put down his badge and picked up an “honorary dad” title for a young woman’s high school graduation in Bladen County.

On Friday, Corporal Matthew Long, a long time student resource officer at West Bladen High School, joined Amyia Williams for her big day.

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“It meant a lot and my mom, she was very emotional about that. She was like, ‘that is the sweetest thing ever,'” Williams said.

Williams tells ABC11 she was compelled to ask Long to join her graduation when she saw others doing the same for father-like figures in their life.

Several weeks before the graduation, when Long stopped by a Bladenboro Hardee’s for lunch, Williams was working that afternoon and asked Long the question.

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