One Marion County Sheriff's Department deputy is taking the time to give back to his community by teaching anti-bullying classes.
To say Deputy David Forsyth has a busy schedule is an understatement. Aside from his other commitments, he's also a professional mixed martial arts fighter. He said without question, working with kids is by far his favorite.
"The look on their faces whenever they go from not being able to do a movement to being able to complete it correctly is amazing," said Forsyth.
He spends a good amount of his downtime down on the mat. Forsyth has been helping out with classes at the Team Outlaw Gym in Fairmont since 2011. Instructors said the classes help kids with their self-esteem and self-defense, while also fighting against bullying.
Forsyth said, "Whether you're a part of it or not, it definitely can take its toll on people, so we decided to do something about it and start this program for children."
People around the gym said the deputy has a huge impact on the kids he works with. They also said he's a positive role model for the entire community.
"He's great with the kids and he gives back everything he has to the gym and the community of Marion County," said gym member, Kris Duarte.
Lisa Straight's son is currently taking the classes. She said, "He's like my son's hero. When he sees him driving down the street he's like look mom! Now he wants to be a police officer or a sheriff."
Forsyth said he hope the kids enjoy the classes just as much as he does.
"I try to keep things positive as much as possible. I appreciate them as much as they appreciate me. I get a lot of enjoyment out of working with them, and I enjoy getting to pass something on while paying it forward," said Forsyth.