North Carolina police officers help family of disabled girl buy wheelchair accessible van

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BATTLE CREEK, MI – A couple of police officers based out of North Carolina managed to help a family based out of Michigan secure a wheelchair accessible van, in order to improve the quality of life for a young girl that is severely disabled.

It all started with a fundraiser/contest that was brought to life by Wingate Police Officer Kevin Eudy and Forsyth County Officer Josh Scales on TikTok. The contest, dubbed as “You Say Car,” was entered by Chelsey Banker.

Banker’s nine-year-old daughter Emmri Tullis was born with congenital cytomegalovirus. A small percent of infants born with the infection can suffer some severe long-term health complications. Emmri is said to only be able to make facial expressions, while also suffering from epilepsy, microcephaly, mild hearing loss, minoscoliousis and a hip displacement.

The family of this young girl have been vying to attain a minivan that they could get retrofitted to make it wheel-chair accessible ever since Emmri outgrew her five-point harness car seat.

Well, the family managed to be one of two winners of said contest posed by the police officers online, gifting the family $18,500 towards a new car. While it wasn’t exactly enough to land the monies needed for a van to become wheelchair accessible, a subsequent GoFundMe managed to garner the additional cash needed to make it come to fruition.

According to the fundraiser page started by the young girl’s mother, the following was noted:

“You GUYS! We reached our goal, and then some, and we are absolutely blown away. We want to thank every single one of you who have donated, shared, and made this all possible for us.”

The outpouring of support reached via the fundraiser after winning the contest elated the mother of Emmri, who stated that her daughter “quality of life” will now be vastly improved because of said support:

“You all just changed Emmri’s quality of life in ways we can’t even begin to explain. She will have so many more amazing memories, and this is going to make getting her the medical care she needs SO much easier on her little body. From the bottom of our hearts, thank YOU!”

The two North Carolina officers never anticipated that their social media endeavor would take off quite as well as it did:

“I was praying about it, what we can do about it to promote real change. You Say Car … I wasn’t expecting it to get as big of a response as it did.”

These are the kinds of stories that many don’t hear about police officers. Hopefully, we can make that change.

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In Cheyenne, Wyoming, a 6-year-old boy who has been credited with potentially saving the life of his younger sister, while suffering numerous dog bites to his own face in the process, is being dubbed as a “hero”.

And now, those who play heroes on the big screen are sending their admiration toward this young boy who risked his life to save his sister from a charging dog.

On July 12th, 6-year-old Bridger Walker’s aunt posted on Instagram about a near-fatal encounter the young boy recently had while trying to keep his sister safe:

“On July 9th, my six year old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog. After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe.”

What was perhaps the most heartfelt note made by the post was that of the words said to have come from Bridger after the attack:

“If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.”

Young Bridger underwent surgery, receiving approximately 90 stitches to help mend his face after the attack. In the post detailing the injuries sustained by Bridger, his aunt tagged a handful of celebrities (many from the famed Marvel Cinematic Universe series) saying the following:

“We love our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about this latest hero who joined their ranks.”

Well, aside from many celebrities like Gordon Ramsey chiming their admiration for this young boy’s bravery, the “superheroes” heard it loud and clear.

Mark Ruffalo, who is known for his role as the Hulk in many of Marvel movies, wrote the following to Bridger:

“Dear Bridger, I just read about what happened to you and I wanted to reach out to say this… People who put the well beings of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know. I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart.”

From there, Ruffalo stated that the actions of Bridger are what exemplify “real courage”:

“Real courage isn’t dominating people or fighting against people or walking around like a tough guy. Real courage is knowing what is right to do and doing it even when it might end up hurting you somehow. You are more of [a] man than many, many I have seen or known.”

But it was a video message direct from Chris Evans, known for playing Captain America, that extended a special gift to the young boy that is like no other:

“Captain America here, so I read your story, I saw what you did and I’m sure you heard a lot of this over the last couple days, but let me be the next one to tell you, pal, you’re a hero, what you did was so brave, so selfless, your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother. Your parents must be so proud of you… I’m going to track down your address and I’m going to send you an authentic Captain America shield because pal, you deserve it.”

According to the family of Bridger, he also was reached out to personally by Tom Holland of Spider-Man fame and also Hugh Jackman known for his portrayal of Wolverine, among other notable celebrities.

With many inquiries asking about whether there was a GoFundMe account that anyone could donate toward to help with any costs associated with Bridger’s recovery, the family of the young boy simply asked that any monetary donations being considered would be preferably directed toward the Wounded Warrior Project or Mission 22.

Apparently, Bridger also happens to fancy science and geology, and loves getting his hands on “interesting rocks”. So, those interested in making this young hero’s day brighter can send some snazzy stones over at the following address:

Bridger Walker

P.O. Box 22141

Cheyenne, WY 82003

It’s not often you hear about such bravery coming from someone so young. We at Law Enforcement Today are not only proud of this young man – but are humbled as well. While he’ll likely be toting that Captain America shield for the foreseeable future, any community would be lucky to have him among their police force one day donning the blue.

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