EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSClay County Boy Becomes Deputy For A Day
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Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Dec. 23, 2013 8:31 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 23, 2013 11:15 PM EST
Clay , Clay County , West Virginia
A Christmas miracle comes true for a boy who has had his fair share of medical scares.
An entire town now rallying behind him as he gets to fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer.
Eleven years old, 4'9" tall, and full of enough charm to make anyone's heart melt...Levi Taylor knew something was up when he walked into Gino's in Clay.
"I knew it was unusual when mom would let me wear the belt to Ginos. She never lets me wear it anywhere!" he exclaimed.
"The Belt," as he calls it, is the closest he comes everyday to being like his heroes.
"I ordered these cuffs off of E-bay," he said, showing off his handcuffs.
Equipped with handcuffs, and a radio...Levi knows one day he'll be a police officer, he just didn't know it would be today.
"I cannot believe this is actually happening," he said getting into the cruiser.
When Levi was three months old, he was diagnosed with a condition called Hydrocephalus. The pressure was so great on his brain that he was nearly blind and deaf when he was treated. He's undergone two brain surgeries, and four eye surgeries, but you'd never know it, Levi is the light of the town.
"He's just such a caring, giving guy and to be able to give back to him is just an amazing feeling," his mother, Leslie Taylor says.
An organization in Texas called Hydro Angels Over America picked Levi as the winner for their holiday miracle, making his dreams of becoming a Clay County junior deputy a reality. First, they made sure he looked the part with his own uniform.
"Aw man, that's awesome," he said, holding up his new uniform.
Once he was suited up, it was time to hit the road. On the way to the courthouse, Levi and Clay County Sheriff Garrett Samples noticed someone driving a little too fast.
Levi decided to give the "speeders" a break. He said he did so because it was Christmas.
Next on the agenda, he was sworn in at the Clay County Courthouse. He also helped Sheriff Samples serve some papers, and posed for pictures alongside his newest coworkers.
Gino's even paid him for a day's work.
"I'd like to thank them very much because this, it's been my dream to be a police officer, and I'm really happy that they done this for me," he said.
A Christmas this police officer in training won't soon forget, and a true miracle walking the streets of Clay County.
To learn more about Hydro Angels Over America, log on to their website at www.hydroangelsoveramerica.org
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