September 12th was a shift just like any other for Bryan County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Robbie Breen, an almost 14-year veteran of the department. That was until he spotted a man and two small children stranded on I-95 North, just after exit 91. Their Ford Ranger had broken down several miles from home.
Shane Hayward, the father of the driver and an active duty soldier in the Army, was out of the state mobilizing a unit for deployment. This left the mother of the driver, who was not at home either, to figure out how to get to them as quickly as possible. Before ever having a chance to put a plan in place, Deputy Breen and another Deputy pulled over to help.
Without hesitation, Deputy Breen piled the kids into his cruiser and drove them home himself.
“My family is very thankful for Officer Robbie Breen and his service to our community, my kids thought he was awesome!”, Hayward said in an interview.
Deputy Robbie Breen was born and raised in Richmond Hill, always knowing he wanted to serve his hometown. He started his career in law enforcement at the age of 21, working for the Chatham County jail. He was there for 4 years before being hired by the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.
We spoke with Deputy Breen’s wife, Allie Breen, and she told us, “I can honestly say him and his coworkers do stuff like this all the time. I have seen them buy gas, hotel rooms, food, etc for complete strangers who have hit hard times. They don’t ask to be credited. I honestly think they get a bit embarrassed when they do get thanked. They are a family. Brothers and sisters who all have the community’s well being and happiness in their hearts and souls.”
Shane Hayward published a post thanking Deputy Breen to the Richmond Hill Community Facebook group, a closed group of just over 5,000 members, and received over 650 likes and comments in less than a week.