Kissimmee Police Sgt. Sam Howard and Enzo Russell (left), pose for a photo after the 6-year-old was “sworn in.”
(Kissimmee Police Department)
Enzo Russell spent his sixth birthday with a handful of new friends — the police department Kissimmee Police Department in Florida.
The agents gave the 6-year-old boy, the nephew of the fallen Kissimmee Police Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard, a gift he will never forget. He was sworn in as a police officer on Wednesday, ready to continue with the legacy of his 10-year-old veteran uncle left behind.
“I’m Enzo, a special policeman, the promise that I am a good boy, that I will always the love of my parents,” Russell repeated after Kissimmee police chief Jeff O’Dell during an informal swearing-in-ceremony. “I will always love the other policeman. I will always do my best. I will always have my badge with me.”
The police sent a minute video of the ceremony on Facebook and congratulated Russell on joining the force.
“Officer Enzo swearing in with Uncle Sam’s picture behind him. #KeepingTheMomentum,” the department posted on Wednesday.
The post was viewed nearly 4,000 times and got different responses.
“Welcome to the brotherhood, Etc,” a Facebook user commented.
“I love the ‘promises’ you gave Officer Enzo to maintain a high Chief O’Dell,” another wrote. “Really good for all of us to do our best!”
Howard, 36, was killed in the line of duty in August 2017.
He responds to a call about three suspicious persons, in addition to the fellow-officer Matthew Baxter. The police were shot shortly after their arrival.
Baxter died of his wounds minutes after the shooting, and Howard died the next day, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“These are two fantastic men,” Kissimmee police chief Jeff O’Dell told the local newspaper the time. “They are two officers who are dedicated to doing it the right way. They are both very involved in the community.”
Everett Glenn Miller, 47, is accused of shooting both of the police in the head. Miller was arrested in a nearby bar after the shooting and is now being held in the Osceola County Jail.