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Throngs of support for Canyon deputy

School event turns into big fundraiser for Canyon High Deputy Devin Freeman

Posted: May 3, 2013 10:48 p.m.
Updated: May 3, 2013 10:48 p.m.

Canyon High School junior Julia Sloan, center, plays the cow bell after being called on stage by False Puppet at Canyon High on Friday.

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It is not unusual to see a packed house at Canyon High School’s Harry Welch Stadium, but circumstances were a little different Friday as thousands of people turned out to rally around school Deputy Devin Freeman, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer.

The event raised money for Freeman and his family through
ticket proceeds, as well as a silent auction.

“I am the luckiest woman in the world to be married to Deputy Devin,” said his wife, Meghan.

Meghan Freeman graduated from Canyon and described how she would often compare scores with her husband, who is a graduate of Saugus High School.

But after five years as the school’s deputy, and after the show of support Friday night, Meghan Freeman said her husband’s loyalties may be shifting a bit.

“In his heart, he is a Cowboy,” she said, referring to the Canyon High School mascot.

Hanging outside the entrance to the football stadium was a banner bearing messages of support from students.

“It’s just amazing to see the support,” said Amber Oaks, a friend of the Freeman family. “We just feel truly blessed to see people turn out like this.”

“This turnout is unbelievable,” agreed Mike Kuhlman, the Canyon High School principal. “I’m amazed, but at the same time I’m not surprised that this many people would show up to show their support.”

Friday’s event began as the school’s “powder puff” football game, but grew into a larger fundraiser after Freeman’s diagnosis, said Canyon student government adviser Mike Motherspaw.

“This is all just community, this is all just family,” said Motherspaw, gesturing to the crowd. “And it’s not just students. I’ve seen more alumni here than I’ve seen at some homecoming games.”

Current students, alumni and officials from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station were all in attendance Friday night.

Some attendees dressed in white shirts displaying support for the Freeman family.

“No one fights alone,” read the back of the shirts.

While it is unclear how much money was raised at the event, Motherspaw said the community outreach was just as important as the funds raised.

“There was never a goal set for how much money we wanted to raise,” Motherspaw said. “But I think it shows how well someone is liked when this many people turn out to show their support.”

“This is incredible.”

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