“Thank you” is such a simple expression, but for an 8-year-old Zion boy, it has become his mission to let brand admiral about Lake Canton and the country apperceive that he acknowledgment them for their account and hopes anytime to accompany their ranks.
On Thursday, Angel Contreras was at Our Lady of Humility in Beach Park aback over 30 Lake Canton Sheriff’s Office assembly and detectives and two K-9 units afraid him for his altogether address ability and treats for his classmates.
“When I saw one brand officer, I knew had to be about my birthday,” he said.
The accolade to the boy was organized by Lt. Sara Balmes and her second-shift coworkers at the Lake Canton Sheriff’s Office. She capital to do article for him afterwards he came up to her at the Lake Canton Fair in a Superman T-shirt and handed her an envelope with a superhero sticker accepting the flap.
Inside, she said, was a acknowledge you agenda with a bulletin inside.
Angel anesthetized out cards to admiral Thursday who had not accustomed one, and central there was a brand and the words “Thin Blue Band Ancestors Support” on one ancillary and this bulletin on the other:
“Thank you for risking your activity for bodies who wouldn’t accident it for yours! I appetite you to apperceive that I acknowledge EVERYTHING you do! Also that there is alone two HEROES in my life, My Dad and You! Acknowledge You for befitting me, my ancestors and my association safe! Please, Stay Safe!!! #Bluelivesmatter, Angel D. Contreras, 7, Zion, Illinois.”
Balmes had heard about Angel from added admiral in the canton because he had gone to brand expos and National Night Out contest and handed acknowledge you cards to officers. She was alive the Lake Canton Fair two years ago aback the little boy ran up to her.
“I didn’t apprehend who he was until I got the card. I absent it, I got emotional,” she said, bedlam at the memory. She approached her second-shift assembly and they absitively a altogether abruptness at his academy would be fun, and Balmes gave him a ride home in her convoying car.
Angel Contreras and his mother angle in advanced of his chic as assembly band up to accord him his altogether prizes.
Angel Contreras and his mother angle in advanced of his chic as assembly band up to accord him his altogether prizes. (Frank Abderholden/News-Sun)
“He was actual aflame about that,” she said. “Angel has done so abundant for law enforcement, we capital to do article for him.”
His father, Jose, and his mother, Yesenia Rodriguez, say they consistently accept to accept acknowledge you cards wherever they go, because if Angel sees an officer, he wants to accord him a card.
“He’s anesthetized out over 1,000 cards, and not aloof in Lake County, but beyond the country,” she said, abacus that aback they were in Clearwater, Fla., for vacation, a bounded television advertisement his acknowledge you agenda habit.
“He loves it because it makes their day brighter,” she said.
Jose Contreras said it all started aback he was alive on a analysis cardboard for one of his courses in bent amends at the College of Lake County, because he is because a career in law enforcement. Angel was about 3 or 4 years old at the time, and Contreras said they were watching a video that showed bodies affronted at brand officers.
“He asked me how appear bodies don’t like them,” he said, because he had consistently told Angel brand admiral were friends.
“Angel went up to his allowance and came aback bottomward with a little drawing, and he said he capital to accord it a brand officer,” Contreras added. “Well, we had extra acknowledge you cards from our wedding, and that’s how it started.”
They redesigned the card, and Angel sends them to departments. In return, he gets administration patches and claiming coins.
“He says that if we anytime get pulled over, he’s activity to ask the administrator if he wants a acknowledge you agenda instead,” Contreras said laughing.
Jose Contreras and his wife, Yesenia Rodriguez, appearance off one of the cards their son Angel easily out to brand admiral whereever he goes.
Jose Contreras and his wife, Yesenia Rodriguez, appearance off one of the cards their son Angel easily out to brand admiral whereever he goes. (Frank Abderholden/News-Sun)
Rodriguez said her son wants to become a brand administrator — specifically, a basset handler.
“He brand to try and alternation our Labrador,” her bedmate said.
Angel said he capital to do this anytime back he was 3 and he has redesigned the agenda a brace of times.
“Every time I see a brand officer, we accept to stop so I can accord the brand administrator a acknowledge you card. Sometimes they say no because they are driving,” he said.
He said he has no affairs of endlessly his efforts to brighten the day of brand officers.
“I adulation accomplishing this,” he said.
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