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Friday, April 30, 2010

"I'm Gonna Be A Police Officer When I Grow Up"

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Ever since he was a little boy, my son "N" had the dream of becoming a police officer one day. This kid knew what he wanted, and he did everything he could possibly do to get to where he is today. He got good grades in college, where he majored in Criminal Justice and graduated summa cum laude. While in College, he worked as a summer police officer on the island of Nantucket. He also interned at a local police station, and they sponsored him to go to the part-time police academy in Plymouth MA. Upon graduation from the academy, he became a "Special" police officer for the town. A year and a half ago, he was hired as a part time officer in town. Five months ago, the town sponsored him to go to the full time police academy. Today, his dream came true as he graduated from the police academy and I couldn't be any more proud than I am at this moment. Not only did he complete the academy, which was very grueling both physically, mentally, and academically, but he graduated number one in his graduating class of 50 officers with a cumulative grade point average of 97.365. He was presented with the academic achievement award during today's ceremony. I had tears streaming down my face and it's a wonder I could have taken any decent photos (Thank God for lens vibration reduction) :-)
I can't help but brag so please bare with me. ;-) N had asked his dad if he would do the pinning of his badge during today's badge ceremony. It was such a proud moment for Mr. S!! (Let's just say I wasn't the only one wiping the tears!)

"So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains."
— Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You'll Go!)

The Specs for the class photo:
 Nikon D90, ISO 200, 1/400, f10
The Specs for the pinning ceremony photo: 
Nikon D90, 18-200 mm lens, ISO 2000, 1/60, f7.1

8 comments:

  1. Congratulations Carol!!! You have me in tears too! What a wonderful moment for your son and a proud day for your entire family! Please congratulate your son for me on his stellar accomplishments and academic achievement! Being a proud parent is one I can relate to!

    Kudos to you all!!!!

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  2. Thanks so much for all the kind words BNVT!!!! N says thank you as well!!!!

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  3. Number ONE in the class!!!!!! WOW!!
    Congratulations to you and your family NIck!!
    All your hard work has paid off.
    Any police dept would be lucky to have you.
    Love the picture of dad and son Carol. What
    an emotional day for you all.

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  4. Thanks so much Nancy! He didn't tell me beforehand that he was winning the award. He told his Dad but he wanted to surprise me. It was incredible!
    I really appreciate your comments ands congratulations. I'll let him know as well. Our little boy has grown up, hasn't he? You knew him when...... :-)

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  5. Wow -- congrats! What an accomplishment for him -- and you! I hope someday my own Nick will pursue his dreams with the same tenacity & courage.

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  6. Repeating what others have already said - WOW! CONGRATULATIONS! Your family has the right to be so proud!! Indeed a fine accomplishment and a moment you will not soon forget!!! :-)

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  7. Hi Chris,
    From what I have seen of your Nick, I bet he follows along with the same virtues as my Nick. He seems like such a great kid!!! I will pass along your congratulations to him. Thank you so very much!

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  8. Thank you so much Tracy! I really really appreciate your comments very much!!

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