Erath County sheriff’s deputy Cody Allen is June’s Hometown Hero.


Carlene Sutton, Leslie Walker and Deputy Cody Allen.

By SARA VANDEN BERGE

Cody Allen has been a deputy at the Erath County Sheriff’s Office for the past two years and now he is enjoying the title of June’s Hometown Hero, a program sponsored by Farmers Insurance agent Leslie Walker.


“I have always been interested in law enforcement,” Cody told Beneath the Surface News. “My brother worked for the Arlington Police Department and I did a ride along with him and was hooked ever since.”

Cody moved from Denton to Stephenville to attend Tarleton State University where he graduated with a degree in criminal justice in 2015.


He then moved to Amarillo to attend the police academy, then began his career in Dalhart.


“That was a little too far from family; I wanted to get back to the area,” he said. “I had a buddy that worked at the Erath County Sheriff’s Office and he called one day to tell me there was an opening.

“I said, ‘sign me up’ and I came back as quick as I could.”


Cody said he loves living and working in Stephenville where he is raising his three-year-old son Oliver.


“I like the people here,” he said. “They are respectful of first responders and that’s something I appreciate.”

Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates said he wasn’t shocked to learn that one of his deputies had received the honor.


“Cody is a great deputy who is always willing to take on whatever task he is asked to do,” Coates said. “He definitely deserves this recognition.”


Cody said he was taken by surprise when he learned about the honor.


“My captain called and told me about it and I was shocked,” he said. “I’m not used to accepting awards, but I am deeply honored.”