Growing up, you may be lucky enough to meet a role model who shapes your life and inspires you to work toward a certain career. At the age of 7, Nathan will never forget the day members of the Kingman Police Department granted his wish to become an honorary officer.
“I like police officers because they keep everyone safe,” said Nathan, who has wished to be a police officer since he was 3 years old. “They put the bad guys in jail.”
Nathan, who was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was six-weeks old, has to be tested a lot, taking medication every day and visiting doctors and hospitals constantly.
“Thinking about one day becoming a police officer helps him focus on the future and just feel like a regular kid,” said his mom, Crystal.
So, the day that Nathan’s mother received the call that her son’s wish would be coming true was very emotional.
“I saw the name Make-A-Wish on my phone and thought maybe it would be a call saying his wish wasn’t possible,” said Crystal. “But once they said that they were going to grant his wish, I instantly began to cry.”
Looking forward to Nathan’s wish gave his family constant excitement. The Kingman Police Department and Nathan’s family kept the details secret to make it a memorable surprise, and after just one month, the day had arrived for Nathan’s wish!
He was sworn in as an honorary police officer of the Kingman Police Department and had a full day of activities including a ride in a helicopter provided by Tri-State Care Flight and a trip on a real-life police motorcycle.
“Nathan had a different type of smile on his face that day,” said Crystal. “It was a look of pure joy and hope and it was all over his face.”
In addition, Nathan enjoyed his own ice cream party after his busy work day at McDonald’s and met the famous Hamburglar and his purple buddy, Grimace, to celebrate a job well done.
“McDonald’s is Nathan’s favorite place to eat,” said Crystal. “We take him there after hard days of testing or treatments. It’s his special place to go.”
Not only did Nathan’s wish affect him and his family, but it also inspired the Kingman community.
“Every one of our staff members thoroughly enjoyed participating to grant Nathan’s wish on that day.” said Kingman Police Department Chief of Police Robert J. DeVries. “While our goal was to make this Nathan’s day – in reality, it equally had an impact on us and we stand ready to assist again. It was an honor to work directly with Nathan and his family to make his wish come true.”
Today, Nathan has taken his crime-fighting skills to Kentucky where he continues to remember the values and lessons he learned the day he became an honorary police officer. Nathan was given a uniform, badge, and police oath certificate and keeps everything in a special place in his bedroom.
It is safe to say that the state of Kentucky is in good hands! When he’s not keeping an eye on the bad guys, Nathan enjoys playing in the snow and remembering his wish.
“Sometimes he will take out his certificate and not say a word, but look at it and smile,” said Crystal. “All we can say is thank you to Make-A-Wish Arizona, for even making Nathan’s wish possible. It is something we will never forget.”