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Police Officer Opens Car Door For Teen, Then Lets Him Blast The Siren And Talk On Radio

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Officer Adam Sokolove met a 14-year-old named Benji Feaster, who has Down syndrome, when the teen signed up for a Junior Police Academy program.

The two quickly formed a strong bond during the three weeks they were together.

“Me and him spent some serious time. Sometimes it was like Sok and Benji time,where we’d leave the class and I’d just let him sit the in [squad] car,” Adam says. “It’s a friendship that I hope lasts a very long time.”

Knowing that Benji loved the thought of being a police officer, Adam and other officers surprised the young boy at his house. “His face just lit up when he saw the vehicles come in,” Benji’s dad, Dennis, says in the video below. “They took time out of their day to come and make a huge difference in the life of our son, so we’re forever grateful.”

But Adam went above and beyond for Benji after his surprise visit! The officer invited Benji to the precinct and let Benji sit in the driver’s seat of a squad car and even talk on the radio and sound the sirens!

“The fact that he’s always smiling, he’s always excited, and every day is just a great day — I can’t say that about myself,” Adam says. “There’s days where I have great days and there’s days where I have terrible days, but the world would be a better place if there were a lot more Benjis.”

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