One little boy’s lifelong dream would come true with a little help from the Chicago Police Department.
Angelo Butler was your average preteen. He had plenty of friends, disliked waking up early, and had his adult career all picked out. He just didn’t think he’d get to experience his life-long dream so soon.
Angelo had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a young boy. His family was devastated to learn their sweet son may never accomplish some of his life goals because of his disability.
The young man’s grandmother, Christina Butler, was determined to make sure Angelo had every opportunity possible. It all started when she surprised her grandson with something he’d always wanted: a tour of the police station. The boy got a lot more than that.
At just 13-years-old, Angelo was inducted into the 16th precinct in Jefferson Park, Chicago. As a retired sergeant at arms, his grandmother was no stranger to law enforcement and couldn’t have been more proud.
“He got the royal treatment and I couldn’t be more grateful, it’s just overwhelming,” said Christina.
The fun didn’t stop there. Angelo was given a badge as well as a uniform before his first patrol began.
Commander Roger Bay even said the look on Angelo’s face reminded him of his very own induction ceremony: the two shared the same sense of excitement.
“It’s just an opportunity to see that kids like Angelo have dreams and even if they’ll never achieve them, they’ve got a taste of what it would be like and he’s an officer for a day,” Angelo’s grandmother said. “He’ll be officer Butler for the rest of his life. Can’t take that away from him.”
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Source: ABC News