UNION COUNTY, N.C. — It was a case that received national attention in 2013 when an 11-year-old boy was found handcuffed to his porch with a dead chicken around his neck. The boy was rescued by a Union County sheriff’s deputy.
Channel 9 cameras captured the moment the young boy was reunited with the Union County deputy who rescued him from an abusive home. It was the first time they had seen each other since that day.
When Deputy Robert Rucker walked into the room, the boy smiled from ear to ear. He shook the hand of his hero then gave him a big hug.
“You doing alright? You’re doing a lot better now this time, aren’t you?” Rucker asked.
Channel 9 is protecting the boy’s identity, because he was a victim in the Union County child abuse case that made national headlines.
Rucker found the boy handcuffed to a porch with that dead chicken around his neck three years ago.
The boy is now 14 years old and earning A’s and B’s in school.
“Thank you for saving my life. I really appreciate it. I don’t know where I would have been if you didn’t come up there,” the boy told the deputy during the reunion.