CLOVER, SC (WBTV) - The 8-year-old boy they call "Lionheart" stood in front of Cover Police Chief Randy Grice Thursday morning and took the oath of a police officer.
Noah Robbins was a bit intimidated by the crowd of family and friends and officers that gathered to watch, but his inspirational little spirit still continued to do what it does best.
"He just inspired all of us," Chief Grice said. A few weeks ago, officers with Clover PD and the York County Sheriff's Office went to watch the area's D2 football program at a practice camp as part of a community relations program. Chief Grice said Noah played with all of his heart, even with only one of his legs.
Noah was born with a congenital birth defect and had his left leg amputated when he was just a year old. But with a prosthetic leg, he doesn't let what happened slow him down. So on the football field, and in life, he's earned the nickname "Lionheart".
This is his third season with the D2 Blue Eagles, and only his first day as an honorary police officer.
"We decided we could bring him up and make him a part of the police department," Chief Grice said.
Noah was presented with an official Clover PD polo shirt with his name embroidered on it. He also got several other gifts during the ceremony, but the real joy came from riding in the police cruisers and playing with the sirens and loudspeakers.
"His situation, even though it may not have been the best to begin with, can inspire people to do more than what they're doing or to not give up when a bad situation comes up," David Robbins, Noah's dad said.
Noah's passion on the football field inspired a whole department of police officers, that's exactly why they call him "Lionheart".