MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One sheriff's department in our region is much more than just a law enforcement agency.
In Mason County, they're something of an adoptive family.
If you spend much time in Point Pleasant, chances are, you've seen Rodney.
Rodney Bonecutter spends the biggest part of his time outside the courthouse.
“He's hunting elephants and tigers and that type of stuff,” Sheriff Greg Powers said.
He's a ward of the Mason County Sheriff's Office. A judge granted them custody of Rodney back in the 90's. He has no one else to take care of him but can function well enough that he doesn't need to be in a home. So he's become a fixture around here.
“They take care of me,” Rodney said.
“We kind of look after him,” Sheriff Powers said. “I don't know if we look after him, or if he looks after us.”
“If I go to the store and buy something for my kids-- candy or something-- it's nothing to buy something for Rodney and drop it off,” Deputy Clerk Aimee Wilson said. “I think everybody feels that way. He's part of the family.”
Employees cook for Rodney, take him shopping, to the doctor, and make sure he has his medication.
When Rodney's not outside hunting, he's helping out.
He'll take out the trash.
Or work on improving moods.
“I make them smile,” Rodney said. “They're funny. I'm funny.”
“He brightens your day,” Wilson said. “I mean as soon as you see him you can't help but smile at him.”
“I'm always in a good mood,” Rodney said.
“He's the highlight of my day,” Sheriff Powers said. “I look forward to seeing him every day.”
The Sheriff says programs like this actually save money. Otherwise, Rodney would have to be institutionalized in a much more expensive facility.