Phelps County law enforcement has always made an effort to help those in our community, and kids are one of their top priorities. This holiday season, one Phelps County Sheriff’s Deputy is going the extra mile to make one kid’s Christmas extra special.

Phelps County law enforcement has always made an effort to help those in our community, and kids are one of their top priorities. This holiday season, one Phelps County Sheriff’s Deputy is going the extra mile to make one kid’s Christmas extra special.

Deputy Roy Bell discovered Brandon Winan, a young child in Texas, as he was scrolling through Facebook one day. Brandon collects patches that law enforcement and first responders wear on their uniforms. As a former school resource officer, Deputy Bell felt a connection to Brandon, who is a special-needs child. Deputy Bell said he has experience working with similar students in the local public school system, and still strives to help students when he can.

“Any time I see a kid that might be autistic, or might just have some behavioral issues, if I can be a part in helping them, that’s my goal,” he said.


Since discovering Brandon’s Facebook page, titled “Brandon Winan’s Patch Collection,” Deputy Bell has been collecting patches from local law enforcement and first responders to send to Brandon as a Christmas gift.

“My original plan was like, fifteen, twenty patches,” he said. I thought that was all I’d be able to get my hands on.”

As of the time of this publication, Deputy Bell has collected over 100 patches. They have come from local agencies, such as the Rolla Police Department and Rolla Rural Fire Department, as well as from surrounding counties. The patch that’s crossed the most distance to join Deputy Bell’s collection comes from Alaska, and was donated by Lt. Matt Schultz, who is a patch collector himself.

As Deputy Bell laid out the patches one by one, displaying each of them carefully, he explained some of them are even quite rare, with one of his patches coming from a set of only 50, which were never reprinted.

“Every single day someone is bringing me something, so my thank you list isn’t going to be complete till the day I mail it out,” said Deputy Bell.

He added that the local fire departments were incredibly supportive of the project.

“If you ever want to see a department be super helpful to a kid, it’s the fire department,” he said, explaining how each of the fire departments, especially the Rolla Rural Fire Department, went out of their way to add patches to the collection.

Deputy Bell’s original plan was to mail the patches out today, Friday, Dec. 15, but he is now waiting a bit longer to make sure he can send as many as possible.

“With the number of patches I’m getting…I think I’m going to go a bit longer into next week,” he said. Deputy Bell will be paying to have the patches shipped overnight to ensure Brandon receives them by Christmas.

“I assume he’s going to have Christmas, but you want to make sure they have a good Christmas,” he said.

Deputy Bell thanked all local law enforcement and first responder agencies, and anyone else who donated to the collection, as well as the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department for their support of the project.

“It’s been rewarding to be able to do something like this,” he said. “The Sheriff’s Department, and a lot of these local agencies, are all about making a Christmas as special as we can for our community…and even enough he’s (Brandon) not a part of our little community, he’s a part of our greater community.”