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5-Year-Old Is Sworn In As Honorary Officer After His Cop Uncle Was Murdered On Duty

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

Enzo Russell is honoring his uncle’s memory by following in his footsteps. Enzo’s uncle, Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard, was killed in the line of duty in August 2017, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Sgt. Sam and a fellow officer, Matthew Baxter, were both killed during a routine check in Kissimmee, Florida.

Sgt. Sam was beloved by his community and fellow officers, but, of course, no one was hit harder by his death than his family. According to Inside Edition, his fellow officers decided to show their support for Sam’s family by swearing his 5-year-old nephew, Enzo, in as an honorary member of the Kissimmee Police Department.

In the video below, you can see Enzo’s touching swearing-in ceremony. In it, he promises to always love his parents, other policemen, and always do his best. According to Facebook, he was sworn in by Chief O’Dell — and the special ceremony was held on Enzo’s birthday!

Although little Enzo does seem a little shy during his swearing in, it’s clear that it was special to him and his family. Now, he can always carry his uncle with him in his honorary badge — and he can honor him by serving their community in the same way.

Check out the video below to see the precious ceremony, and please SHARE this special story on Facebook!

Photos 1, 2: Facebook / Kissimmee Police Department

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