Riley has had a desire to be in law enforcement for as long as he can remember. His love of police and first responders began in early childhood when he struck up a friendly relationship with his local police department. He has even dressed up as a different member of law enforcement every Halloween, wishing for this to be his everyday life.
Riley has had a desire to be in law enforcement for as long as he can remember. His love of police and first responders began in early childhood when he struck up a friendly relationship with his local police department.
In the summer of 2012, Riley started having seizures and displaying signs of an extreme form of epilepsy. As the years passed, Riley’s doctors administered different medications and performed surgeries to relieve the symptoms, but the
seizures continued. After much consideration, Riley underwent a risky brain surgery that succeeded in eliminating his seizures but resulted in paralysis on the left side of his body. Even then, police were by Riley’s side – especially his close
friend, Lieutenant Michael Packer of the Westville Police Department, who escorted him to and from the hospital.
Finally seizure-free, Riley was forced to relearn simple life tasks, from walking to showering, to lifting his arms above his head. Despite these obstacles, he
was determined to get his strength up. Almost one
year after his surgery, Riley
walked out of the hospital, proving to everyone
that he was ready to travel for
his one true wish.
After watching the news coverage of the
devastating events of 1 October in Las Vegas,
Riley was inspired by the efforts of the Las Vegas
Metropolitan police officers who fought to save
lives that day. He wished to join the men and
women in blue in Las Vegas on the anniversary of
1 October to meet and work alongside his heroes.
On the day of his wish, Riley prepared to leave for
the airport, unaware of the
surprises that were in store for him. When he
opened his front door, he was met with the
applause of an honor guard of local and state
police departments from New Jersey and
Pennsylvania. As the police motorcade escorted
him to the airport, his journey as a police officer
was finally beginning to unfold. When he arrived at
the airport in Las Vegas, Riley was welcomed by
more heroes— the LVMPD and the Northwest Area
Command. Not long after, he donned his utility belt
and dove straight into basic defensive training.
With a wealth of newly acquired skills, Officer Riley
put on his official uniform
and graduated from the training academy. Now an
“official” officer, Riley attended a briefing and went
out on his first training call, applying everything he
learned that day to the scene of a crime. Riley
ended the day by meeting another hero, Officer
Brady Cook who was wounded responding to 1
October, on his first shift as a police officer.
During their conversation, Riley got an in-depth
look at what it truly means to protect and serve.
A day on the job as a police officer came naturally
to Riley. Destined for a career
in helping others, he hopes to one day follow in