Officers pack Indiana State Fair to show support for grieving teen

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An amazing sight for a daughter desperately in need of support.

Officers from the Westfield Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies came to the fairgrounds Sunday to surprise 15-year-old Izzy Clouse before her goat show at the Indiana State Fair.

“We are one family and that’s what’s important we need to stick together because we are our own community and it’s great we have the support from the community,” said Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen.

The teen’s father, Westfield Police Officer Scott Clouse, died from cancer in 2015 after a three-year battle. His widow, Boone County Dispatcher Amy Clouse, passed away unexpectedly last week. She’d worked as a dispatcher with the sheriff’s office for more than 20 years.

Izzy showing sheep and goats since she was a young girl. Izzy had qualified for the competition and was at the fairgrounds when she heard about her mother’s death.

Sunday morning, the teen was shocked to see nearly 50 officers in the stands, all there to support her.

“I was really surprised I didn’t know any of it was going to happen,” the 15-year-old Westfield teen said.

Despite everything she’s been through, Izzy decided to compete Sunday morning and placed 3rd overall in the competition.

“That’s what my mom and dad would want me to do so I kept showing,” she said.