Denver mayor honors police o∞cers
It was 3 a.m. when Denver police officer Adam Foisy came across an 11-year-old boy wandering through downtown.
“He was the youngest kid I had ever found alone downtown at night,” Foisy said.
The officer drove the troubled young runaway home and quickly found out he was an aspiring basketball player. Foisy soon returned to the boy’s home with a new basketball. Later, he collected gift cards to buy new school clothes and raised money for a scholarship to the Carey Basketball Camp.
Foisy was one of 12 officers honored Wednesday by Mayor Michael Hancock and Citizens Appreciate Police, an organization that recognizes police work.
Founded in 1978, the organization awards officers who have committed good deeds in the communities where they patrol.
The awards are an effort to commemorate positive stories of policing, the organization said in a pamphlet.
Years after he met the boy on patrol, Foisy remains in monthly contact with his mother. The boy has been getting in trouble with authorities recently, but “even if he does get in trouble, I see the good, smart kid in him,” Foisy said.
Other officers recognized Wednesday were Benjamin Austin, Manuel Gomez, Brett Lane, David Briggs, Ismael Lopez, Steven Seidel, Jason Burton and David Felts.
Officers Ana Munoz and Ryan Phillips and Cpl. James Costigan were also honored. One night they came across a father and his three children living in a car, and they bought gas for the family and booked them into a two-night stay at a hotel.
Hancock ended the ceremony with a short speech thanking the officers.