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High School Student Becomes Deputy, Thanks To A Special Friendship

The deputy’s speech at the “swearing in” ceremony will bring tears to your eyes.


High school student Isaiah Taylor and Deputy Jason Cowart both love to watch “The Price Is Right." But that's not all they have in common.

Taylor is a special needs student at Reeltown High School in Alabama, where Cowart works. Taylor's mother also works at the school as a teacher, and she drops him off early so that she can do breakfast duty for her students. Since Cowart gets to school early, too, he helps Taylor get inside safely and hangs with him until his class starts.

Along with watching their favorite game shows together, Cowart (pictured below, left) and Taylor (middle) talk about their lives. Recently, the 17-year old told Coward what his dream job would be – a police officer.

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Even though Taylor uses a wheelchair because of a genetic condition, Cowart knew he wanted to help Taylor realize his dream, so he decided to make him an honorary officer of the Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Office.

“He is just amazing, his heart is so huge," Cowart told WRBL-TV about Taylor.

Last week, dozens of law enforcement officers from across the state came to a ceremony at the school to help swear Taylor in as their fellow deputy. The officers brought hats, badges and t-shirts to share with the young man, and they even lined up and saluted him as he made his way down the hallway.

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Deputy Cowart made a touching speech in front of a packed auditorium before presenting Taylor with a sheriff's star.

"I'm very proud of you. I can't wait for the rest of the year next to you watching 'The Price is Right' in the morning," Cowart said during the ceremony. "Now it will be as my partner and we will go through the day together. I just want you to know Isaiah how much I love you and how much you mean to me and this department. You are a part of the family."

Taylor wore a special police uniform and was grinning ear-to-ear when Cowart presented him with his badge – but the smiles didn't end there. Taylor joined Cowart on a patrol of the school, and it ended on the football field where Taylor and his mother got to take a ride in the State Trooper's helicopter.

Tallapoosa Deputy Chief David McMichael commented on how important the day was, not just for Taylor and his family, but for the state as well.

“Yes, we needed this just as much as he did, because of the year we had last year," McMichael said. “For the six law enforcement officers we lost in the state of Alabama. But today Isaiah made the line a little bit thicker because of the dream he had."

While Taylor still has a year of high school left to go, we're certain there's a job waiting for him with his brothers in blue.

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Inspired by Deputy Cowart's kind act? You may not be able to make someone an honorary police officer, but you can help others by simply being a good listener. When you find out what someone's goals and dreams are, why not help to make them come true? Every bit of kindness helps.

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