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Inspirational Sheriff’s Deputy, amputee will lead Walk Against Drugs Oct. 19

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When a sea of people sporting red T-shirts gather for the 31st annual Walk Against Drugs on October 19, Deputy Aron Grumbles will lead the crowd up La Paz Road through the Oso Creek Trail to the Community Fair on the Village Green at Oso Viejo Park.

Before doing so, he will rally people at Mission Viejo High School to live drug-free. Deputy Grumbles certainly is as an inspiration, never letting the day he became an amputee define him. It was on September 10, 2015 when he was struck on his personal motorcycle by a distracted driver resulting in the loss of his left leg below the knee. Since then, this 12-year Sheriff’s Department veteran and longtime animal enthusiast has used his experience and love of reptiles to motivate others.

In fact, Deputy Grumbles, and his family have more than 40 reptiles they enjoy sharing with youth groups, schools, churches and others. He also mentors peers going through similar challenges to forge ahead and be all they can be.

“I have turned this event into a blessing, however, as I get to help those around me cope with life's difficulties,” he said.  “Helping to inspire others helps me heal. Also, what an incredible opportunity as a father that I get to show my two boys that there are no excuses in life. I am known to tell people faith, family and friends will get you through no matter what!”

Following the Walk, Deputy Grumbles will share some of his animals and sign autograph cards for families at the Community Fair, which will feature interactive community booths, educational activities, food for purchase, entertainment, games and fun for all ages as well as the South County Disaster Preparedness Expo. The Expo will provide information and resources on various aspects of preparedness. The event ends at noon.

Information about traffic, shuttle service and road closures is available at this link:  https://cityofmissionviejo.org/departments/police-services/walk-against-drugs-location

For more information, call 949-470-8433 or email crimeprevention@cityofmissionviejo.org.

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