Even though the world can sometimes feel harsh, filled with tragic events and devastating news, there are bright twinkles of hope all around to remind us that ordinary people do wonderful, compassionate and extraordinary things to make the lives of others better every day. So we encourage you to click over to BuzzFeed’s 26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year… it’s SUCH a feel good photo gallery of events and acts of kindness, big and small from 2012, that will instantly lift your spirit and inspire you. As for the special moment captured in the photo above…
In partnership with the Alaska and Washington chapter of Make-A-Wish, the Bellevue Police Department helped grant Gage Hancock-Stevens’ wish to be a police officer for a day. Gage is 13 years old and blind.
According to the Bellevue Reporter, a local newspaper that covered the granting of the wish, Gage started his day as a police officer by being picked up from his home in Everett by a police motorcade, led by Maj. John Manning.
Once at the police station, Gage took part in defensive training tactics – learning to use mace and how to handcuff the “bad guys.” He also took part in gun training, where he used a CO2 handgun and rifle to experience what it’s like to hold and use a real gun.
Before heading to lunch, Gage stopped by the department’s forensics lab where he was given a tour of the lab and shown how to process evidence.
After lunch, Gage had the opportunity to participate in a mock burglary – orchestrated by the police department at the Microsoft Security Building.