Now more than ever before, we appreciate the sacrifices our Central New York first responders make every day. It's always nice to see our local heroes honored for their service and see their impact on the community firsthand.

The Syracuse Police Department recently took to Facebook to share a meaningful interaction officers had with a young boy while patrolling at Destiny USA. Five officers were working detail at Destiny on March 5 when the boy flagged them down. He introduced himself as Yusef, and officers quickly learned that Yusef is currently in Central New York from the Middle Eastern country of Jordan to study.

Yusef told the officers about his dreams and aspirations to become just like them one day.

"Yusef could not express enough how much he loves police and wants to become an Officer someday," the department wrote on Facebook. "Yusef, we hope your dream comes true."

The five Syracuse officers took a photo with Yusef and gave him a badge of his very own to hopefully help him in his journey to become an officer.

Syracuse Police Department
Syracuse Police Department

Trooper Monica M. Sacco with State Police in Syracuse recently got some well-deserved recognition for her kindness while assisting the driver of a tractor-trailer whose vehicle had broken down on the Thruway.

Trooper Sacco brought the driver warm blankets and food after he declined a ride to a local gas station, and even called the Thruway tow company to expedite the process and get him on his way a little quicker. Great job!

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