The Memorable Day: October 20, 2017!

On July 18, 2017, I posted “10233. Remember that number.” WB Michael asked for how long? Until now! On October 20, 2017, he became a police officer for the Phoenix Police Department! He has fulfilled a lifelong dream!

Remember

 

This is his Police ID card, badge #10233

ID Badge

 

Here is the class during the ceremony. There were recruits from police and sheriff departments all over the state of Arizona. Andrew is just to the left shoulder of the speaker.

Class

 

My brother Manny, who has been an officer of the Phoenix police department for FORTY FIVE YEARS (!), presented Andrew with his badge onstage. This is the only picture I have of it, but I do have a small video I will be posting. Manny is the reason Andrew became an officer, ever he was a little boy.

Badge Presentation

 

After Manny presented Andrew with his police badge, I had the honor of pinning it on him!

Pin 1

 

“Don’t worry, son; if I screwed it up, you can fix it backstage.” He was wearing a bullet proof vest. I could not have drawn blood if I wanted to!

Pin 2

 

The PROUD father with his son!

Proud Dad

 

And, of course: the proud uncle!

Proud Unc

 

Here we both are, flanking the new Officer!

Both Proud

 

Taking the Oath of Office

Oath

 

Andrew with his beautiful wife, Brittney, and their son, Aiden. They are expecting a little Bambina in February!

Fam

 

My mother, Andrew and me.

Oma

 

Angelo & Nicholas asked for, and received, special permission to wear their Dress Blues for the occasion. They wanted to wear them to honor their brother!

Twins

 

SALUTE!

Salute

 

His Aunt Terri made him a special cake! Wow!

Cake

 

Aiden was getting a little tired. His shirt says,

"My hero wears blue."

We all agree!

Hero

 

Congratulations, Officer Andrew Cocco! We all love and are so proud of you!