SPRINGFIELD, WY – Calling out sick, limping into work and even forcing a cough to be placed on desk duty is a traditional way to avoid being put in a patrol car for the day
Deputy John Womak, of the Springfield Sheriff’s Office, Was assigned a ride along for out of the five times That someone signed up to ride along with the department. Deputy John decided that it was time to fake his own death.
When an officer doesn’t show up to work it is typical of the department to reach out to him or even try to make physical contact with him by going to his location of residence.
His shift Sgt, Sgt Johnson attempted to contact him via telephone. Upon calling the resident his wife Karen answered the phone and was crying hysterically. Unbeknownst to Sgt Johnson the deputy was coaching his wife as to what to tell him on the other line. “Karen stated that a blade from the lawnmower had flown off and cut the deputy in the ankles causing him to bleed out”. She then hung up the phone out of what appeared to be too much stress.
The deputy had promised his family a trip to Disney if she had gone along with the story. It is reported that neighbors of their residence heard them discussing plans to get out of the ride along by faking his own death.
While the Sheriff’s office is investigating, Womak’s application (under an assumed name) was already in at a new department which has a strict “no ride-along” policy. The Sheriff’s Office initially condemned the deputy’s actions but when it was pointed out that no policy existed that would prohibit an officer from faking his own death to avoid a ride-along or work in general, they quickly backed down.