As a lieutenant with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama, Eric Fields knows how to maneuver vehicles at high speeds, but he’s no Hobbs from the Fast & Furious movies. He probably can give criminals a smackdown, but really wouldn’t want to climb into the WWE ring. And he knows a law enforcement career may sometimes feel like an urban jungle, but at least Fields doesn’t have to face down evil treasure hunters like Bravestone in Jumanji. But occasionally he pretends to have done all those things when people mistake him for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
For years, Fields has heard ad nauseum about how much he resembles the actor and WWE star. He even confessed to Al.com reporters that his wife buys him Dwayne Johnson gear for his workouts. So when people he encounters on the job do a double-take and comment, “You look like The Rock,” Fields is unphased and typically happy to play the part.
Recently, Fields has been using his powers for good — to help bring awareness and support co-worker Sergeant Chris Dillard, who was recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) just one year from retirement. Fields is helping raise money on behalf of Dillard, a longtime member of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. An ongoing fundraiser for Dillard can be found at gofundme.com/f/dillardswarriors.
Of course, the sheriff’s office uses Fields’ “star status” to engage the public, and he’s usually amiable to indulge. For example, Fields recently fulfilled a request from a resident to meet the deputy “who looks like The Rock.” In this particular instance, though, he was the one impressed after meeting the young man named Tyler.
“The blessing was really for me because he had a spirit that was just such a great person to meet,” Fields said. “Everybody knew him and loved him. I wish the actual Rock could meet this kid. He’s the hometown hero.”
The sheriff’s office uses Fields’ “star status” to engage the public, and he’s usually amiable to indulge.
While Johnson was promoting his latest film, Jungle Cruise, word of his law enforcement doppelganger reached him via Twitter. In response to a tweet featuring side-by-side photos of Johnson and Fields, The Rock replied, “Oh shit! Wow. Guy on the left is way cooler.
Stay safe brother and thank you for your service,” reported USA Today. “One day we’ll drink @Teremana and I need to hear all your ‘Rock stories’ because I KNOW you got ’em.”
Once again, the sheriff’s office had to get in on the fun with the Facebook post: “Looks like Dwayne The Rock Johnson is aware of our Lt. Fields. Hopefully he’ll take us up on our offer to come spend time on patrol with us. We’re gonna need a bigger Tahoe for these two.”
As seen in the October 2021 issue of American Police Beat magazine.
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