LAMPASAS,Texas (KWTX) Lampasas County Deputy Sheriff Ethel Watson has worked for the department for three years.
Lampasas County sheriff's Deputy Ethel Watson. (Photo by Alex Cano)
“It’s been a passion of mine. I started at the prison and wanted to pursue it further,” said Watson.
However in December 2017, she received a cancer diagnosis while on a trip to Oklahoma.
At first things looked positive.
“I went to the cancer center in Oklahoma, to be treated, left there (and) was in remission.
But after she returned home, her lungs collapsed.
She went to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.
“And that’s where they found the cancer had spread,” she said.
Watson was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer.
Despite the diagnosis, she’s was determined to stay on the job.
“I do three days a week for a few hours, behind the desk filing papers.”
Reluctant to share her story, Watson decided to tell her loved ones and the word spread.
“The community, my job, my church have supported me. It’s been so overwhelming, I’m so blessed that they have shown support and love towards me and my family.”
Among her many supporters are the members of the Posse Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
“As a law enforcement family we tend to take care of each other. We look out for each other, good times and bad. It’s a very close knit community,” club President John Ivy said.
The group is holding a benefit ride for Watson on Sept. 1 to help with her household and medical bills.
“When we hear about a law enforcement officer or personnel in need. We come together as a club and as a community to help out as much as we can,” says club member Casey Irby.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Sept. 1 at 410 East 4th Street in Lampasas.
Riders roll out at 10 a.m. for a scenic ride ending at Lady J’s Soul Food at 314 Cove Terrace in Copperas Cove, for lunch, a raffle and a silent auction at 11:30 a.m.