South Florida child gets to be a deputy for a day

Posted at 2:07 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 14:08:58-04

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla.-- 8-year-old Zach Knight became the newest honorary member of the Broward Sheriff's Office Wednesday.

He was officially sworn and became a deputy for a day.

Zach has muscular dystrophy and his dream is to be a cop. That dream became a reality thanks in large part to his school resource officer.

"He's always wanted to be a police officer. Told his friends he's a cop. And that he would basically be immobile in several years. So I made a couple calls and I connected with a swat member and we got the ball rolling," BSO Deputy Edgardo Ariza said.

Things starting off with a ride in the SWAT Bearcat. Zach got the chance to tinker with some gadgets.

"Can you tell us what you're doing? Do you think it's cool?' he was asked. His response: "Yeah."

Then it was off to the hangar where Zack got to sit in the BSO chopper until the helicopter got called out. Then it was K9 time.

The experience lasted a few hours, but the memories made will last much longer for Zach and all those who got to share in his joy.

You know when he came in the building all our staff was excited to see him, where we can back out of the seriousness of the job and enjoy this part of it," BSO Sheriff Gregory Tony said.

"I think right now he's in shock and awe right now being able to see all of the cool stuff and just get the experience and everything like this. I think he's gonna be talking about it for the next couple months," Zach's dad Steven Knight said.

Zach's dad says he's been talking about becoming an officer for the last two years.