State Police in Hollidaysburg welcomed their youngest trooper ever on Tuesday, a 12-year-old from Ohio, on his journey of a lifetime. The young man, who has a speech disorder, had no trouble communicating how thrilled he was to be an honorary trooper for the day.
When Ohio State Police pulled over Brett Holbrook’s dad for speeding, the young man wasn’t afraid or upset. He was impressed by their behavior and their uniforms, so now he’s on a mission to meet state cops across the country.
Troop G in Hollidaysburg welcomed Brett for a hands-on tour, Tuesday morning. Wearing his Ohio State Police uniform, made by his mother, he met most of the command at the local PSP barracks.
This is his lucky 13th visit with state police across the country for a behind the scenes adventure.
Brett’s speech disorder makes it difficult for him to communicate, but his parents are noticing a positive difference during this dream trip.
His mother Bonnie says, “When we were first doing the post in Ohio, Brett clung to me. He was used to me talking for him and he was very shy. By the time he got to the end, I was just his chauffeur.”
And she adds, “It’s helped his self-esteem. I believe it’s helped his speech, just overall, it’s been amazing. Everybody noticed it.”
For Brett, the visit to the Hollidaysburg barracks was hands-on. He not only got behind the wheel of a state police cruiser, but he turned on the flashing lights, and hit the siren. However, his favorite activity was being in the pilot’s seat in the police helicopter.
He didn’t hesitate to communicate his pleasure, saying, “Thank you for the tour. I appreciate it.”
His hosts enjoyed it, as well. As Community Service Officer Trooper Joseph Dunsmore put it, Brett seemed absolutely thrilled and I tell you myself and the staff here at Hollidaysburg were absolutely, absolutely thrilled to be a part of Brett’s journey.”
The Holbrook family, which is from Michigan, has traveled 3,000 miles this summer going from post to post. They expect it to take 3 years to complete Brett’s dream journey.
The trip to Blair County was a two-fer for Brett. He also loves trains—-next stop—-Horseshoe Curve.