It takes an even stronger person to choose this career after seeing his own father make the ultimate sacrifice that ended so violently. He is stepping forward to continue our family's love of law enforcement because he didn't want our name to die too. Yep, all of that and he is SO proud to start this journey. That's why it's a calling.
I want the academy to be tough - the toughest thing he's ever done. I want him to be mentally and physically challenged so that he sees the world in a different way - the parts of the world that I kept from him as he grew up. I want this because the things he will see in his career will follow him for the rest of his life and I need him to make it home when his shift ends.
Under that handsome face is the same little boy who loved to help people and went out of his way to make people happy. The same little boy who told the truth and waited to be grounded. The same little boy who took the blame for his sisters so they wouldn't get in trouble or cry. The same little boy that made an entire room come to life.
To the community he may be just another officer. To the evil out there, he's just another target. But to me, he's my son and a big part of my heart. He's a brother to his four siblings and we need him in our life. He is a part of his father and I want him to grow old and have his own family one day. I want him to have all the things in life that was taken from his father and I.
I love you, Andrew. You are exactly what this world needs. I hope this journey gives you pride but keeps you humble; just like your father.