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Age 7 Boy Dresses in Uniform, Attends Funeral of Fallen Officer To Pay His Respects

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When young people act years beyond their age, it is quite a sight to see, especially when those young people pay their respects in honor of someone they look up to.

This is exactly what 7-year-old Samuel Sanchez did when he heard one of his local heroes had passed away.

On Feb. 1, 2019, Baton Rouge Police Officer Cpl. Shane Totty was struck by a vehicle while escorting a family during a funeral, according to Behind the Line Baton Rouge.

He “lost his life doing what he loved most; serving the people of Baton Rouge,” the post said. “He put up a good fight, but it was just too much for his body to handle.”

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A wake was held in the fallen officer’s honor at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Feb. 6, with a funeral following on Feb. 7 at Healing Place Church.

It was at that church where young Sanchez paid his respects. With his mom by his side, the boy joined the rest of the BRPD, making this the first funeral the 7-year-old has ever attended.

The solemn look on Sanchez’s face as he sat beside another officer is quite the sight to see. The boy was dressed in uniform, too.

When asked where his heart for officers and all they do came from, Sanchez responded with a simple yet profound answer.

“Because police officers keep people safe,” he told WAFB. “And I want to do that, too.” Clearly, this boy is a young officer in the making.

This isn’t the first time the boy has shown his love and appreciation for the police force, either. According to WAFB, Samuel attended the Washington, D.C. National Fallen Officers Memorial in 2017.

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Samuel also paid his respects to another fallen officer in 2017, when he stood for the procession for fallen officer Lt. Shawn Anderson. The boy was captured on camera saluting the officer with a flag in one hand as the hearse went by.

“I’m sorry that you died… I love you,” he told reporters, sharing what he would say to Officer Totty now. Samuel proudly wore his badge with a black ribbon over it, just another way to honor the man who fell.

“I love them and I want to support them,” Samuel added. His example is one we love to see. We salute him and hope to see him grow into the first responder he already is at heart.

As for Officer Totty’s family, our hearts go out to his widow Catherine and daughter Peyton. If you’d like to help support this family during this time, visit the family’s fund page or visit this post to make a donation.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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