New Mexico

Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office deputizes 99-year-old veteran

Do-a Ana County Sheriff deputizes...

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - At 99 years old, Arturo Flores is the newest, but certainly not the youngest deputy in the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office.

“At 99, I think it’s a great honor," said his son, Larry Flores.

Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique "Kiki" Vigil deputized the World War II veteran on his birthday Thursday.

"It is my honor to deputize a 'primo' - I call him primo," Vigil said. "If you're ready, we're going to go forward and commission you."

"I accept this appointment, which is honorable, on behalf of all veterans of war," Flores said. "This is one of the things that's very important to me, that we recognize what the veterans did on behalf of our librerty."

“I’m proud of my dad," said the veteran's son. "This is just part of his legacy.”

Vigil also joked with the 99-year-old.

"We used to use horses," Vigil said. "Now, you've seen a lot of my new black and whites - new units."

The sheriff then slowly pulled something out from behind his back.

"Well guess what?" Vigil asked. "You also get a new unit!"

Vigil slowly quickly revealed a toy car with painted-on sirens as the room erupted in laughter.

“I thought that was great," said Larry Flores, the veteran's son. "I thought there was going to be a car out in the parking lot, but that was so cute."

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