A police officer from Louisiana has decided to make life extra special for a mentally disabled boy.
Blaize Richard wanted nothing more in life than to be a police officer. Unfortunately, the teen suffers from autism and a mental disability that prevents him from doing exactly that.
For his 18th birthday, his mother surprised him with a visit to the Louisiana police department where he was presented with his very own police uniform.
To add more to surprise, when word of Blaize’s wish spread around the department, Officer Mike Hill decided to go beyond the call of duty. The officer not only went to the boy’s home to show him his squad car, but he also decided to continually check in at the Richard’s home at his own time.
“Since that day, Mike Hill has come to our home on 3 different occasions just to visit his ‘backup,'” mom Angie Richard explained happily. “He just comes and checks on him. It really makes Blaize’s day. I think Mike enjoys it just as much as Blaize does.”
During his latest visit, Hill gave Blaize a police calendar with pictures of all the police officers in the department.
Despite the act of kindness, Hill has refused to talk to the media, although his efforts were clearly recognized as he was named “Officer of the Year” this month.
“Police officers sometimes get a bad rap for the things that go wrong,” explained police chief Todd D’Albor. “But people don’t generally see that [officers] do have compassionate hearts and they do care about making a difference, and Mike Hill exemplifies that.”
“He’s one of the highly respected officers in my department because of the things that he does, and he goes above and beyond,” he also added.
As a final surprise, the police department is planning to commission Blaize as an honorary Jennings police officer on Feb. 2.
“My little boy doesn’t know they are going to do that, but ever since he was a little boy he’s wanted to go to the police academy,” Richard said. “It’s going to be awesome.”