Acts of Kindness
Bullies push hero boy that saved his family out of wheelchair for dressing like cop so officers step in
8-year-old Michael Martinez saved his entire family despite being in a wheelchair so when bullies taunted him at school officers were compelled to do something about it.
Marilyn Caylor
06.22.22

When 8-year-old Michael Martinez heard an incessant beeping noise coming from the carbon monoxide detector, the wheel-chair bound boy crawled his way through the house to warn his parents.

The little boy, who was born prematurely and has cerebral palsy, saved the lives of seven of his family members with his quick actions that night.

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He is exactly the sort of person we need more of in this world, but unfortunately, some people’s kids just don’t know how to behave themselves around brave heroes like him.

When the third-grader decided to dress up as a cop for career day at school, he was pushed out of his wheelchair by a couple of older students.

Michael, who wants to be a police officer when he grows up, was cool as ice and stayed calm while other students helped him get back into his wheelchair.

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Although Michael is a little miracle in the eyes of his mom and dad, sometimes things can be a little bit hard on the family.

“Whenever I take him to school the kids stare at him. He wants to play, and he wants to run like the other kids. We have our moments where we … Michael and I just cry and just hold each other,” Angie Martinez said.

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Thankfully, law enforcement officers weren’t about to let the bad behavior of a couple of bullies get the best of this situation.

The mean perpetrators were immediately punished by the school district. To add salt to their wounds, Michael was given some special honorary accommodations that sealed his status as a local hero.

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Thanks to the kindness of the Humble Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety, Michael was taken on the ride of his life in the front seat of a deputy constable’s car.

The excited little boy was even given a VIP escort to class with all the lights and sirens blaring! The good fellas over at the Houston Police Department also made sure to flex some muscle with Michael during his lunch break at school.

“This was the most exciting thing that’s happened.”

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All the excitement didn’t end there. Michael also received special commendation from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg in recognition of his heroic actions.

“Honorary badges are given to recipients who embody the characteristics required of every peace officer and first responder: courage, strength, kindness and resilience.”

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During the ceremony, Ogg went on to praise this upstanding young man’s courage in the face of adversity:

“We are presenting these honorary titles to this young man who, although not of age to be a peace officer, has taught us all about how to be brave in the face of adversity.”

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Not only did Michael become an honorary DA investigator at the special ceremony held in his honor, but he was also sworn in as an honorary deputy AND an honorary junior firefighter by the Houston Fire Department.

That was the day that he was shown that he really is one of their own.

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By Marilyn Caylor
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Marilyn Caylor is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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