MCSO deputy skates his way into the hearts of kids across the Valley

8/14/2022 1:30:00 AM

“I’m not in here to see what’s going on, I’m in here to truly have an impact with these kids, have conversations” - Deputy Zac Rand Story:

“I’m not in here to see what’s going on, I’m in here to truly have an impact with these kids, have conversations” - Deputy Zac Rand Story:

When Zac Rand rolls into a Valley skate park, it doesn’t take long for his presence to turn heads. The Maricopa County sheriff's deputy has the skills to rip but the personality to build bridges.

“It’s a different way of interacting with the community for sure,” said Rand.Not only does the Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy have the skills to rip, but the perfect personality to build bridges in unlikely places.“I’m not in here to see what’s going on, I’m in here to truly have an impact with these kids, have conversations,” said Rand.

Over the last year, he’s hosted"Kick Flips and Donuts" at more than a half dozen Valley skate parks, gliding alongside fellow boarders and getting a chance to show a different side of law enforcement.“If a kid needs a new board, we do what we can to get him a new board, trucks, wheels, grip tape, shoes, any of that. I try and take care of it,” said Rand.

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When Zac Rand rolls into a Valley skate park, it doesn’t take long for his presence to turn heads.on an Arc Trainer.Gene De La Graza poses on Wednesday, Aug.PHOENIX — A round of monsoon storms swept across parts of the Valley.

“It’s a different way of interacting with the community for sure,” said Rand. Not only does the Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy have the skills to rip, but the perfect personality to build bridges in unlikely places. It"gets everything warmed up," Brown tells Men's Health , and it's kind to his back, which is everything since Brown previously endured spinal surgery. “I’m not in here to see what’s going on, I’m in here to truly have an impact with these kids, have conversations,” said Rand. Through the use of social media platforms such as Facebook, 31-year-old Gene De La Garza has created a space that sheds a positive light on the Valley. Over the last year, he’s hosted"Kick Flips and Donuts" at more than a half dozen Valley skate parks, gliding alongside fellow boarders and getting a chance to show a different side of law enforcement."I had L5 issues, a bulging disc, and I couldn't move my leg. “If a kid needs a new board, we do what we can to get him a new board, trucks, wheels, grip tape, shoes, any of that. #waterispowerful #moreyouknow #azwx https://t.

I try and take care of it,” said Rand." You can check out a picture on Brown's Instagram page , which he shared with his 126K followers. When he travels to different parts of the country, De La Garza always brings a pack of those stickers to leave a piece of the Valley in each place he visits. The money it takes to do it is raised through T-shirts he designs and sells through his Instagram account. At this point he’s been able to give away more than seventy boards. One person commented,"Awesome!!! This is so inspiring," while others wrote,"Beast mode (fire emoji)," and,"I love your philosophy on staying healthy and fit into your 70s and beyond. “When I was a kid, the skate park or the skate shop was a place for me to escape reality, be around people who understood what I love doing because they love doing the same thing,” said Rand. There, at a gas station, De La Garza saw something interesting. His moves on the black top are now going viral. This includes exercises for the abs, chest, and triceps. At least 6 downed power lines at 35th Ave between Bell and Greenway.

We got to see the impact he’s having firsthand at Goodyear Skate Park Wednesday when he spotted one skater in basketball shoes. “Do you not have skate shoes?” asked Rand. Brown tells Men's Health ,"I don't want to lose mass, but I just want to get my body-fat percentage down and be able to push myself so when I'm out doing the activities I love to do, I can do them better. De La Garza said he has started an unintentional trend. “No I don’t,” said Lukas Bradley. “What size shoe do you wear?” “Eleven and a half,” said Bradley. He works out incredibly hard and admits,"It's hard work, man," adding,"You get what you give, whatever you put into it. A quick trip to his trunk and the magic behind the mission is revealed. “I have seen other people put some in New York and other parts of the country as well as the world — so that is a pretty cool, unique experience to have,” De La Garza said.com/V2d5AdvyL7 — Christine Stanwood (@stanwoodreports) August 13, 2022 5:37 p.

“Here ya go man, try these out, I rode them once, brand new Kyle Walkers,” said Rand handing over the shoes to the beaming skater." There's pretty much nothing that Brown can't perform while touring. “It’s cool to see officers at the park, just out doing other things as well because them feel more approachable,” said Bradley who put the shoes on immediately. And with each approach, new trust is born. The gym-on-wheels is stocked with free weights, machines, and a sauna Shutterstock How stocked is Brown's traveling gym? It's one that most may envy. De La Garza want to take Puro 956 global. Something Rand hopes lasts a lifetime If you’d like to donate skateboards of purchase a tee shirt from Rand, you can reach out on his Instagram page @kickflipsanddonuts or email him at kickflipsanddonuts@yahoo.com. Not only are there free weights and machines, but there's also a sauna to relax in. — Paradise Valley PD (@PVPolice) August 13, 2022 4:52 p.

. For De La Garza, these stickers and merchandise do more than just represent aspects of the Valley, they also serve as a reminder of home.