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Jennings teen sworn in as honorary police officer

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JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) -

The Jennings Police Department held a special ceremony Saturday, Feb. 2 to swear in 18-year-old Blaize Richard as an honorary police officer.

Richard is autistic and has always wanted to be a police officer. 

"I'm a police officer!" Richard said with excitement.

Family and friends attended the ceremony, supported Richard and cheered him on.

"He's overcome many obstacles in his life. He gives us so much love and happiness. His struggles have made us worry and cry. And it touches our hearts today to see how much happiness is being returned to him today," said Richard's aunt, Lisa LeJeune.

Richard was also honored by the Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office and even received a key to the city from Jennings Mayor Terry Duhon. But to the Jennings PD, they're excited to have him on board.

"When you're able to help someone accomplish their dream, their goals, it's a great feeling. It's what this job is all about. The profession of protecting and serving, whenever you can allow someone to accomplish these types of things, then it's worthwhile," Chief of Police Todd D'Albor said.

And the first thing Richard wants to do as honorary police officer is help.

"Help the guys," Richard said.

Here to protect, but mainly here to serve.

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