It’s a big news week for Dan Aykroyd. Just the other day news dropped that the Ghostbusters film was being re-released into theaters in the fall. Now, Aykroyd is paying it all forward to Hinds County Sheriff’s Department.
The actor, who is mostly known for his famed characters the Coneheads and the Blues Brothers on Saturday Night Live, is lending a helping hand to the department in Jackson, Mississippi.
Dan Aykroyd’s generosity shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as he has been a Hinds County reserve deputy since the new year. To help out the department, the actor donated a 2014 Dodge Charger vehicle. According to the report, the vehicle Dan Aykroyd donated to the Hinds County Sheriff came complete with “a police package [and] an emblem that merges iconic images from two of Aykroyd’s best-loved films: support for bluesmen but ghosts beware.”
During a press conference Aykroyd noted, “That’s two of my favorite things right there.”
Aykroyd greeted the press and Ghostbusters fans at the Roundtree Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and to make everything official presented a check and signed a contract. For Hinds Deputy Ramous Austin, Aykroyd has proved his worth and loyalty in the community. Austin said at event that Aykroyd’s got his back “100 percent. At least you know I got his.”
In addition to donating to Hinds Dan is making good of his word and going out to the communities that really need some extra help.
“I’m very excited about seeing that. It will help me to assess some of the other needs me and my friends might be able to help the department with.”
As stated, back in January the actor and comedian took an oath as a reserve deputy sheriff in Hinds County, Mississippi. Back when he was sworn in, Aykroyd said:
“It’s an honor to join these ranks today. I understand the challenges that law enforcement face in today’s world.”
All of Dan’s efforts seem very genuine as he has a history with law enforcement. For 16 years Dan was a police officer in Louisiana. In order to be considered, Aykroyd submitted a letter asking to join the reserve officer.
At the time of Aykroyd’s induction Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis said:
“He’s very qualified. He can hit the ground running, and he has credentials and has put in a letter of request. Today we’re going to honor that letter of request.”