KDES Student Becomes Honorary Police Officer
Every student returns to school with stories about what they did over the summer. Kendall Demonstration Elementary School Student (KDES) six-year-old student Jayden Orsi-Pedersen, who is in the first grade, got to share how he became an honorary Metropolitan Police officer and have a K-9 dog named in his honor!
At age two, he met Fifth Police District Officer Myra Wheeler-Jordan, who is fluent in American Sign Language, which began Jayden’s fascination with the police.
Last June, Jayden joined Wheeler-Jordan for a ride-along, sitting in a police squad car while she drove. During this time he mentioned to Wheeler-Jordan his love for animals. This gave her an idea; later on, she surprised Jayden by bringing him to meet a K-9 dog. That was when the handler asked if Jayden would like to name the dog. Jayden quickly suggested, “Jayden!”
Shortly afterwards, Jayden was both shocked and thrilled when he got a call from the Metropolitan Police department with an invitation to become an honorary officer. Jayden gladly accepted and said, “My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place.”
Click here or on the image below to read an article on Jayden that appeared in the Metropolitan Police department publication The Dispatch last summer.
Congratulations, Officer Jayden! We hope to meet K-9 Jayden soon and look forward to having you patrolling our community and protecting us!