LINWOOD, Kan. (WIBW) -- Deputy Robert Oliver not only patrols the streets of Leavenworth County, he also helps kids cope with the troubling parts of life with a children’s book.
Oliver landed in Linwood, Kansas after decommissioning from the United States Army.
He started working as a volunteer firefighter with the Kickapoo Township and after 16 years applied for a job with the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.
"The pays terrible, the hours are terrible, but I’m a community service person,” Oliver said. “That's where I feel I provide value and meaning to what it is I do. Helping others and serving and protecting."
After a few years he ended up becoming a school resource officer at the Basehor-Linwood school district.
While working at the school, he talked with a teacher about a story he had written with his daughter when she younger.
She saw a news story about an old man who owned a pottery store that was robbed and beaten up.
"That upset my daughter who was four years old at the time,” Oliver said. “We tried to talk through exactly what had happened and why.”
Oliver said it is important to tell kids that bad things happen, but there are good things as well.
The story has since been published and Oliver hopes that it will help young children learn to see the good things in life, even in tough situations.
A message he carries on to this day. Two years ago, Oliver was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
"More often than not it’s found at time of autopsy,” Oliver said.
The cancer is called Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Carcinoma. Statistically, it occurs in .03 percent of every 100,000 people. Chemo and radiation therapy do not work to treat it.
"I had what was called a super whipple operation,” Oliver said. “They removed my gall bladder, two thirds of my liver, half of my pancreas, a quarter of my stomach and nine inches of my small intestine and then glued Humpty Dumpty back together again."
After his surgery, a benefit was held for Oliver at the county fairgrounds. He said it was truly humbling.
"I've performed CPR 34 times in my life and I’ve saved 25 of the people, which is, to national standards, outrageous,” Oliver said. “Several of the people that I had saved brought their family and it was the, ‘If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be here,’ and they made donations."
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