Braedon Mullins, a 6-year-old West Virginia boy, was able to get autographs from his “heroes” at a West Virginia University football game over the weekend.
However, they weren’t from players on the team–but from state troopers on guard there.
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The boy was given access to the sidelines during warm-ups at the game on Oct. 10. His mother said that he walked down the stadium steps, stopped, and saluted West Virginia State Police Troopers before he asked for their signatures.
“He stood tall and proud and saluted them, and walked up and asked them if they would sign his football for him because they were his heroes,” his mother, Dreama Crowder Mullin, told ABC News.
“Braedon has always been fascinated with the West Virginia State Police, with the uniform and the lights,” Dreama added.
“I like their uniforms. They put their lives on the line for me everyday. They are my heroes,” said Braedon, according to an NBC affiliate station.
WVU player Wendell Smallwood was signing his older brother’s football. When his mother asked for his autograph, he replied: “No thanks, he isn’t a trooper.”
“Due to the nature of our job, daily we encounter people who lack respect for authority. It’s special moments like this that remind officers why we do what we do,” Lieutenant Michael Baylous said in a statement. “Kudos to his parents for raising a young man of character who brightened the day of many troopers.”