Sheriff’s parents are separated but he lives with his father who sells Chinese lights to make a living. Sheriff's parents had five children before the separation and Sheriff is the youngest.
The income Sheriff's dad brings in from selling lights is not enough to pay for their food, nor school tuition for all the kids. Sheriff follows some of his friends around town to look for work to buy food. The main work they currently have is searching for silver coins in drains and gutters using a magnet.
Sheriff is in Class IV but the lack of funds to pay for all of the additional school fees makes his attendance very inconsistent. His wish is to return to school consistently.