Boy, 5, raises money for fallen officers


It’s not everyday you meet a young boy who’s willing to give up toys for others. But one 5-year-old is accomplishing more than many adults have, with his whole heartedness and compassion.

“What he’s done is be an inspiration for all of those,” said Scott Williams, public information officer, Henderson Police Department.

Grady Valen’s mom Tricia is beyond proud.

“It makes you feel really good because you know that he’s growing up with the empathy and caring about others and not just himself,” said Tricia Valen, mother.

Grady’s dream is to become a police officer, but for right now he just wants to help the men in blue.

“I sold lemonade, cookies and brownies,” he said.

“He was thrilled and excited every time somebody came up,”Tricia Valen said. 

“I wanted to donate to fallen officers,” Grady said. “Cause I like police officers.”

“Of course it’s humbling and as you know sometimes our youth get criticized nowadays so this is a great reminder that there’s still plenty of bright in our future,” Scott said.

Thanks to Henderson Police officers and the community, Grady raised $425 dollars. Now, he’s unstoppable.

Grady plans on doing another fundraiser in the fall to raise even more money for all fallen heroes.
As for Grady’s future as a policeman, Henderson police say he has all the characteristics they are looking for when it comes to public service.

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