6-year-old meets heroes from the Fort Wayne Police Department

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Two Fort Wayne Police officers were responding to call Tuesday morning when they were spotted by a 6-year-old boy.

What happened next, the three with likely never forget.

The Fort Wayne Police Department was standing by for a call next door to the Paniagua’s house. Officer Steven Hus and Officer Kylen Hill were two officers at the neighbors house. 6-year-old Mariano Paniagua spotted them and wanted to show them a poster he made for a project at school.

The project was “Heroes Around Me.” Mariano has wanted to be a police officer for a long time. His reason for the career choice is simple, they always save people, and fight the bad guys. 

Mariano’s mother, Maria Paniagua, was glad both her sons got to meet the officers on Sunday morning. Mariano’s older brother, Juan-Carlos wants to be a firefighter when he grows up.

“It was a great experience, a great opportunity for Mariano and Juan Carlos,” said Maria Paniagua. “For Mariano, it’s been a very long time that he wants to be a policeman. When I asked, ‘Who do you want to do this about?,’ he said, ‘Policemen.’”

Officers Hus and Officer Hill say these little moments are what make their job worth it.

“It definitely motivates you to realize that there’s a lot of people out there that support you.” Officer Hill said.

It was an experience that both the young boy, and the officers won’t soon forget. Both officers said it made their day and they would share it with the other officers at the station.

“I think it’s fantastic and I always look forward to that because I know years down the road I’m going to see a lot of those kids serving in the same type of uniform, helping their communities the same way.” Officer Hus said.

When asked why they wanted to be police officers, they both had the same answer, to help their local community. Spending time with Mariano is one small way they are doing just that.

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