The 3-year-old has visited the department at least weekly for the past six months, thanking the officers for their service and looking forward to receiving police stickers that they hand out. He even got a police uniform to wear during his visits and has started bringing friends along.
“He goes two or three days a week,” said Christine Powell, Sam’s grandmother and a teacher at Southport High School. “He wants to be a police officer, and he’s so enthralled by the policemen. They are so sweet to him. (Chief) Tom (Vaughn) is so good to him and goes out of his way to make him feel special.”
To show their appreciation for Sam’s support, the officers chipped in to purchase him an electric car complete with Southport police graphics on it, stating Officer Sam on the back.
Sam’s mother, Donna Nunn, said her son used to be scared of police officers, which is why they began taking him to the station.