Editor Note: Video of the visit and the swearing in can be found at the bottom of the article.
Manchester Police Department in Connecticut got a brand-new addition to their team today. But she’s a bit younger than a typical recruit.
In fact, there’s not much that is typical about the life of 11-year-old Emerson Oliveri.
Doctors called her a ‘miracle child.’ They didn’t expect her to live, and so every moment that her parents got to spend with her was a gift.
Amazingly enough, her strong spirit pushed through and her condition improved.
Right from the get-go, Emmie has faced battle after battle. She’s undergone numerous surgeries, and is now facing another. She’s going to have to have a couple of major surgeries this summer.
Her father, Joshua Oliveri, is a police officer and a proud member of Brothers Before Others, a 501c3 that donates flowers to the funerals of police officers. Law Enforcement Today is proud to be partnered with this incredible organization.
In October, Josh and other members of BBO visited the Law Enforcement Today studio in Manchester, Connecticut. In that studio, which is run by The Silent Partner Marketing, is The Whiskey Wall.
(Above: Brothers Before Others preview their episodes at The Whiskey Wall.)
Active and retired emergency responders and veterans bring a bottle of whiskey to the wall, where they sit and share a cocktail with our National Spokesman, Kyle Reyes, on our show Behind the Uniforms. They talk about a good day on the job and a lousy day on the job. Then their name goes on the bottle and the bottle goes on the wall.
(Above: This officer from PA was shot in a terror attack in the line of duty. He joined Brothers Before Others at The Whiskey Wall for a recent interview.)
Josh and his wife, Stacie, knowing the road that lies ahead for Emmie, reached out and asked if we’d be willing to tell their family’s story on the show before the surgery.
What they didn’t know is that our family at Law Enforcement Today decided to call on some brothers and sisters in blue to give Emmie an incredible gift.
When Emmie woke up Thursday morning, she knew she was traveling to Connecticut to film a very special episode of Behind the Uniforms. She emulates her police officer father and always wanted to be a cop, herself. But when she got to the studio and began filming, a few unexpected guests showed up.
In the middle of her interview, dozens of officers from local towns came through the door with a special gift.
Emmie was presented a custom made Manchester Police uniform, hat, challenge coins, a commemorative plaque and more. As she put on her new blues, she was asked to raise her right hand to take her oath, officially being sworn in as a law enforcement officer.
Emmie’s parents were smiling ear to ear as their daughter posed with everyone who came to support her.
“I knew that some officers were coming to see Emmie,” her dad, Joshua said. “Kyle let me in on that secret. But I was blown away by the amount that actually showed. There had to have been at least 30 guys.”
Officers from Enfield, South Windsor, C.R.E.S.T. SWAT as well as the State Capitol Police all made the trip out to The Silent Partner Marketing office for the surprise.
Officer Emmie shared cake with her new friends, sat patiently through a handful of interviews and bright lights, and then was able to head down to the parking lot to play with the lights and sirens of a squad car.
“We are blessed to work with some of the biggest and most patriotic brands in America,” said Kyle Reyes, CEO of The Silent Partner Marketing and National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today. “But you can sell all of the widgets in the world and it won’t make you feel like this.”
He said sometimes business is about much more than making money.
“Emmie and her family will remember today for the rest of their lives,” said Reyes. “People will see this video and share this story and tell their friends about how incredible all of these cops were. We run our company with faith, family and freedom at the forefront of everything we do. And today, we got to do good. Today, we got to show the faces of LEOs that people don’t often get to see.”
We wish Emmie and her family the best of luck through her surgery and recovery.
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