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Student, 9, finds hero in South Charleston Police Officer recovering from rare cancer

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

“My teacher told me, she said, ‘Do you want to do this fundraiser for this police officer?” I said, ‘Yes”. 

That’s all it took for 9-year-old Braedon to jump into action.

Dressed in his retired Uncle’s uniform, Braedon Mullins walked into Central Elementary Wednesday morning knowing he was about to do something pretty amazing.

He said his efforts are for one, glaring reason.  “Because I love law enforcement,” he said, with a smile on his face.

Let’s rewind, for some history here.

Cpl. Daniel Johnson has been with the South Charleston Police Department for more than a decade.  He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in his abdomen recently.  

When Braedon heard about it, he went into the community and asked for donations- raising more than $1,300!

“We’re so proud of you,” Chief B. Rinehart said after Braedon handed over the donations at Central Elementary.  “You just got a heart of gold, son.  I just can’t tell you enough.”

Law enforcement, Braedon said, is more than just a family affair.  It’s something he genuinely, greatly admires.

That’s what inspired him to reach out to the South Charleston Police Department and help Cpl. Johnson raise vital funding during his recovery.

And while they’ve never met, Braedon has a message for his hero.  “I’m there for him and if he ever needs anything, he can just tell me,” he said.

He also has some advice for other kids out there who may be inspired to make a difference in their community.  “Just find somebody who needs help.”

If you’re interested in donating toward Cpl. Johnson recovery during this difficult time, click here.

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