CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Rally of Facebook support for deputy battling COVID-19

Oct 12, 2021, 6:11 PM | Updated: 9:40 pm

SALT LAKE COUNTY — Friends and strangers are rallying support on social media Tuesday night for a Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy who is battling COVID-19 in the hospital. 

Dustin Draper has been a deputy with Salt Lake County for 18 years, working in the Protective Services Division. 

Others know him for the non-profit work he did with his wife at Havoc K9, training police service dogs. 

Now, his friends hope he feels their strength and support.

Deputy Dustin Draper with a dog.

“Everybody loves Ricki and Dustin,” said Natalie Lynn, a close family friend who helped lead the K9 training non-profit.

Ricki and Dustin Draper know a lot of people in law enforcement because of Dustin’s job, and also, Havoc K9.

“The whole mission was towards providing K9s to police departments that didn’t have the funds to obtain a K9,” said Lynn.

They donated 21 police service dogs to departments in Utah and elsewhere before unwinding the business several years ago, according to Lynn.

Dustin Draper with a K9 named Helo.

She said the Drapers got sick a couple of weeks ago.

“They had both not felt well, and then, I understand, tested positive for COVID,” said Lynn.

Ricki Draper texted that she and her husband had appointments to get vaccinated when they were exposed last month. 

Ricki got better and Dustin was hospitalized Sept. 30. 

As recently as Sunday, doctors thought he might go home soon, but his organs began to fail.

“The ICU doctor had given a call to Ricki and let her know that he needed to be placed on a ventilator and that things were becoming extremely serious,” said Lynn.

Supporters for the couple and their adult children are coming together on Facebook for prayer and fasting. 

They have also set up a GoFundMe* account.

“As much as they’ve served and given for so many years, I think it’s time that we rally around, and we’re the ones serving them,” said Lynn.

They’re raising hope for their fun-loving friend with a big heart.

“If somebody was struggling in the way that Dustin is struggling now, he not only would step up and do what many people are doing for him and his family right now, but he would ask, what more? What more can I do?”

In a text, Ricki Draper stated that her husband is her everything, her soulmate and her fighter. 

She’s thankful for the love people have shown.

Ricki and Dustin Draper.


*KSL-TV does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Coronavirus Utah

FILE: Davis School District....
Mike Anderson

Davis School District adds resources to handle COVID-19

The Davis School District is shifting their approach to COVID, putting more decisions in the hands of parents while getting more funds to help monitor the virus.
8 days ago
...
Ashley Moser

Utah family hasn’t seen father in nearly 1,000 days due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

“None of us were expecting to not see him three years later,” a daughter shares how her Father remains in China.
10 days ago
ATLANTA, GA - UNDATED:  This undated handout photo from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...
Jed Boal

U of U researcher joins international team to confirm specific origin of COVID-19

New research released Tuesday confirmed the origin of COVID-19. A University of Utah Health and an international team of researchers found that the earliest cases of COVID-19 in humans emerged at a wholesale fish market in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
25 days ago
Only 50% of Utans are vaccinated and cases are surging because of the Omicron variant BA.5. FILE PH...
Jed Boal

BA.5 variant driving new surge of Utah COVID-19 cases

President Joe Biden’s positive Covid case Thursday was a sober reminder that Utah is not done fending off COVID-19 in many communities.
30 days ago
(File) Intermountain Healthcare Faculty in Murray....
Jed Boal

COVID-19 hospitalizations doubled, but mortality rate is low

Hospitals see an uptick in COVID hospitalizations due to a new infectious variant that is less lethal but more transmittable.
1 month ago
Intermountain Medical Center in Murray (KSL TV)...
Jed Boal

Researchers: Intermittent fasting provides protection against severe COVID-19

Doctors at Intermountain Healthcare have researched the health benefits of intermittent fasting for nearly a decade. Their latest discovery: intermittent fasting helps protect against severe COVID, but it is not a replacement for vaccination.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
...
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Rally of Facebook support for deputy battling COVID-19