Michael Martinez, who has cerebral palsy, received the honor Friday in person from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.
“Honorary badges are awarded to recipients who embody the characteristics required of every peace officer and first responder: courage, strength, kindness and resilience,” Ogg said. “We present these honorary titles to this young man who, although not old enough to be a peace officer, taught us all to be courageous in the face of adversity.”
The honor comes after the 8-year-old wore a police uniform on career day at his Humble-area school when older students pushed him out of his wheelchair down a hallway crowded. Michael remained calm as other students helped him to his seat.
When Harris County officers heard of the incident, they were appalled.
The next day, out of step with the bullies, Michael was back in his police uniform, dressed for the job he wanted. Only this time he was able to get into the front passenger seat of an assistant police officer’s car with another officer escorting him.
Michael has been sworn in as a deputy in several Harris County offices. They are PCT. 1 Constable Alan Rosen, Pct. 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton, PCT. 4 Constable Mark Herman, PCT. 5 Constable Ted Heap, PCT. 6 Constable Silvia Trevino and Pct. 8 Constable Phil Sandlin.
Along with becoming an honorary DA investigator, he was also sworn in as a junior firefighter by Chief Sam Pena of the Houston Fire Department.
His new titles are now Honorary District Attorney Investigator, Honorary Deputy Constable and Junior Firefighter.
It’s not Michael’s only show of courage. During the February 2021 winter freeze, Michael saved his family by crawling upstairs to alert his parents to the carbon monoxide alarm going off in their home.
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