NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Police Department welcomed a new colleague to its forces today, but Officer Morrison isn't your average officer.
He turned 8-years-old Friday. After becoming an honorary Nacogdoches police officer, his family says this was a birthday he will never forget.
Most 8-year-olds would expect cupcakes and balloons for their birthday, but Jeremiah he received special gifts.
"He loves police officers and wants to be an officer," said Amy Morrison, Jeremiah's Mom.
That's exactly what he got after Nacogdoches Police Department surprised him by giving him the title, badge and uniform to make him an honorary police officer.
"For some reason for the very first time, he asked for birthday cards for his present and a police car. Those were the only two things he asked for," Morrison said.
For Jeremiah, it all started out as a Facebook post. Jeremiah is Autistic and showed interest in his birthday for the first time.
All he wanted were birthday cards. He got 550 of them. They came in from not just the East Texas community, but from all over the country.
"It's amazing it kind of restored my faith in humanity," Morrison said.
NPD put the icing on his cupcakes by turning him into Nacogodches Police Officer Morrison. He got the full treatment riding in a patrol car, turning on the sirens and lights, and getting the chance to protect his community.
"The smile on his face is prices, he is just too happy he can't stop smiling," Morrison said.
"I can't tell you how big the smile was I mean it just really made his year," said Melissa Russell, CEO of the Amber Alert Program. She assisted in reaching out to NPD and setting up the memorable day.
Despite his smile, Officer Morrison takes the title seriously. His mom and sister will get tickets if they step out of line.
"He will remember this always. He's already said he has a place to hang his plaque up," Morrison said.
His mom's heart was warmed thanks to this big honor. As for Officer Morrison, he's watching the out for the bad guys.
Jeremiah and his mom spent 3 hours opening cards and gifts he received. He got over 550 cards, police cars, stickers, remote control car, gift cards, an Angelina Sheriff's patch, an Army patch, 250-dollars, and a Kindle Fire.