Officer Explains How Police Often Have Greatest Impact When Not Enforcing The Law

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Retired Somerset County Deputy Chief Richard Celeste shared his greatest moment of impact as a police officer in New Jersey on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday, in honor of law enforcement appreciation day.

Celeste spent 26 years in law enforcement before retiring in 2002 and said one moment stood out above all others. (RELATED: Cops Come To 9-Year-Old’s Rescue After His Lemonade Stand Was Robbed)

He recalled the moment when he helped a young autistic boy receive medical attention and said the look on the child’s face is still clear in his head after 40 years.


“Ironically, the things that law enforcement officers do often are not related to actual law enforcement. And in this particular situation, we had a medical emergency,” he said.”

“We responded to the house. A young 4-year-old, autistic boy in a high panic, along with his parents, needed medical attention. Earlier in the day, we had been at another event and I happen to have plastic police badge in my pocket. And in the tense moments, all I did was hand him the badge and he sat right down where he was and we were able to medically attend to him.”

“The look on his face you just don’t forget after close to 40 years now,” he concluded.

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