John E. Schonwald: Chief’s visit changed a boy’s life

08/14/2014 2:43 PM

08/14/2014 11:59 PM

Thanks to Modesto Chief of Police Galen Carroll, an at-risk 10-year-old boy living in the airport neighborhood was treated to a life-changing experience. While tutoring “Junior” this summer, I asked what he’d like to be when he gets older. He said he’d like to be a policeman. This from a boy who has seen several relatives incarcerated, including his father.

I thought about how much Junior might learn if he could spend some time with a senior police officer.

Lucky me. Last week while having my car washed, I ran into our police chief. I approached him and asked if such a meeting could be arranged. The chief said he would like the opportunity. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

This past Wednesday at 3 p.m., Junior and I were sitting in the chief’s office. Chief Carroll answered all of Junior’s questions and challenged him to do well in school. He then gave us a tour of the facility. The high point was getting to sit in and explore patrol cars, sit on motorcycles and in SWAT team vehicles. Junior was given an afternoon to remember because of Chief Carroll’s kindness.

John E. Schonwald, Modesto

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