What begins as a chance meeting between a boy and a police officer sparks a special partnership and a special friendship, attracting rave reviews and millions of comforting hearts.
We often come across inspiring stories of people who overcame adversity with their will and courage. These touching stories serve as beacons when hope seems like a distant calling.
The story we share today is about a boy with big dreams and self-determination who found a mentor and friend who changed his life for the better.
Harrison Humphries is no ordinary six-year-old boy. Like other children his age, he loves toys and games, but he also has other aspirations. Even though he was born without weapons, he remains optimistic about his future.
A baby boy was born without a leg bone, hip bone, fibula bone, and femur bone. When he was born, doctors told his mother, Tara, that he would never walk, feed himself or do anything children his age do.
One day in 2021, while playing with his toy trucks, Humphries met Officer Rolf Seiferheld of the Duluth Police Department in downtown Duluth, Georgia.
The local policeman was on patrol and sat down to speak with the boy.
Soon after, Officer Seiferheld and Humphries began meeting every Friday and formed an unlikely friendship and sweet partnership. They both look forward to seeing each other every week, and the Duluth police officer considers it the highlight of his week.
Humphries enjoyed accompanying his mentor on patrol and even took the wheel of Officer Seiferheld’s patrol car. The boy also helped the policeman keep his tools in good condition.
Agent Seiferheld enjoyed training Humphries as an associate and was touched by his conviction to become an investigator and police officer. What is surprising is that the friends and partners share the same police philosophy.
Humphries wants to “help people get better,” while Agent Seiferheld wants to “be kind and treat people the way you want to be treated.” Show them the respect they deserve.
With Officer Seifer as her mentor and companion, Tara is optimistic that her son will become an exemplary police officer. She especially praised the Duluth police for showing respect, kindness and love to little Humphries.
“I think it’s a relationship that can continue to grow, a partnership, that’s what a community should be,” Tara said.