What makes a good boy a good man? When police in Ankeny, Iowa needed help, a five-year-old answered the call in an unexpected way.
Honor is defined as “good quality or character as judged by other people; high moral standards of behavior” according to Webster’s Dictionary. It is a definition that has challenged the very core of humanity, and continues to do so in the form of mass shootings that have led to an increasing number of casualties.
The fact that there have been more mass shootings in 2015 than calendar days in the year speaks volumes about the violence than looms in every corner of America. It makes mankind wonder where to place blame–whom to hold accountable. Perhaps, however, there’s more being said and done for what the common man can do to make his voice heard than what news circuits are letting on.
In January 2016, the police department in Ankeny, Iowa will be adding a furry, four-legged member to their squad. His name is Bosco and he comes to the department by way of an unexpected hero. As first reported by Upworthy.com last month, five-year-old Tristan Sommerfeld made a generous donation to the men of his local police department, after hearing they started a campaign to raise money to pay for Bosco’s training and overall care. It was a donation that boosted the campaign to new heights, as Bosco will officially be the first police dog in the city of Ankeny in 20 years.
“[On] my birthday, a lot of people some money,” Sommerffeld recently told WHO-TV in Des Moines–explaining why he decided to make the donation. His mother, Anber Sommerfeld, said he asked for donations to the local K-9 fund instead of gifts from friends and family.
As donations began to come in, the police decided to extend the fund to cover Bosco, who originally came from an anima shelter as a puppy.