Louisa schools help SRO recover after house fire

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Students and staff from Louisa County Public Schools helped Deputy Chris Hockman and his family after his house in Mechanicsville burned down in April.

Hockman returned to work as a School Resource Office for Jouett Elementary School, where he received clothing donations, food, and handwritten cards from students.

"We just can't put into words how something so tragic can go to something so positive and have such a positive outcome," said Hockman.

He said students made him several cards with positive messages and poems to help him.

"They made cut out cards for me and my family," he said. "One student even made an envelope out of cardboard and wrapped a stick of gum and wanted to give that as a gift to me and my family."

Hockman has been working as an SRO at Jouett Elementary School for a year.

Justin Grigg, principal of Jouett Elementary School, said Hockman has been a blessing to students and staff members.

"He's a breath of fresh air. Our students love him. Our parents love him. Our teachers love him," Grigg said. "He always has a smile on his face. He's always smiling, laughing and cracking jokes. By the end of the day, he builds great relationships with our students."

The experience has also shown Hockman how much the Louisa County community cares for him and his family.

"This community is just so loving and they've been so great to us," he said. "I don't know how we'll ever repay them or thank them for what they've done for us as a family."

Hockman said his family is staying in a rental home.

They plan to rebuild on the same property where his house burned down.

He also said he's looking forward to lending a helping hand to anyone who needs help.

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