VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A local boy received a wonderful Christmas present after a Virginia Beach police officer ripped off his own patch and gave it to the boy.
Virginia Beach resident Christine Ehmann posted on social media Christmas Eve that Officer Bobby Jay ripped a patch off his arm and gave it to her son, 4-year-old Korbin, at a local store.
“You really made his Christmas,” posted Ehmann. “He won’t stop talking about it.”
Virginia Beach Police quickly noticed the post and expressed their excitement for the future police officer.
The police department reposted Ehmann’s photo with the caption, “We’ll see you in academy class 2038.”
Ehmann stated that her son and the badge are inseparable.
“He sleeps with that officer’s badge he gave him, and he even dresses up just to walk around the house.”
“This was one of those unexpected moments, and it’s heartwarming to see a child experience such excitement. The officer involved just so happened to engage in conversation with [possibly the boy’s father],” said MPO Linda Kuehn of the Virginia Beach Police Department.
“After talking with the shy boy, the officer just wanted to give him something that would represent the police department. The officer appreciated the conversation, and their support and said, ‘to see the happiness in him was a blessing, and not only made my year, but fills my heart and is one of the best moments as a police officer,”‘ Kuehn continued.
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