When Harrison Humphries grows up, he wants to be either a police chief or a detective.
He’s only 6 years old, but he’s positive about his future career path, thanks in part to his special relationship with a local police officer in Duluth, Iowa. The fact that Harrison was born without arms doesn’t even factor into his future plans!
“Harrison was born without arms, and the absence of leg bones, so his hips, fibulas, and femurs,” his mother, Tara Humphries, explained. “But we were told he would never be able to walk, never be able to feed himself, never be able to do anything.”
Yet from the moment he was born, Harrison defied the odds. He now uses his feet to do everything his hands would do, including brushing his teeth and hair and dressing himself.
The little boy first met Officer Rolf Seiferheld while the cop was out on patrol in Duluth a few months ago. Harrison struck up a conversation with the officer and told him how he dreams of being a cop someday, too.
Tara was immediately struck by the fact that Rolf never treated Harrison differently. Instead, he interacted with him like any other curious child!
“Not many people will take the time or sometimes they’re scared,” Tara said.
Now every Friday night, Harrison joins his mentor on patrol, and it’s the highlight of both their weeks. Rolf always makes time to show the little boy his tools and lets him sit behind the wheel of his patrol car, and Harrison helps him keep his equipment in good shape.
The child believes he’s Rolf’s partner, and Rolf encourages his goal of going into law enforcement. After all, the two of them already share a philosophy about police work. “Help people get better,” Harrison said.
Rolf agreed: “Be kind, and treat people how you want to be treated. Show them the respect they deserve.”
Tara is certain that with Rolf’s help and encouragement, her son will indeed accomplish his dream of being a cop someday. He certainly has a fine role model to follow after!
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