15-year old Bryan Young spent a few days visiting law enforcement agencies in the Copper Corridor to show his appreciation for their service. He visited Globe, Miami, Superior, Hayden-Winkelman, Kearny and the Gila County Sheriff’s Department.
Brian, who is from Tucson, has been traveling across Arizona presenting stars that he cuts out from decommissioned U.S. flags, along with a letter of appreciation, to each officer at the departments he visits.
This began after a lady named Beth Masiado from Pennsylvania sent one to his dad after he retired his last K-9. Brian saw how much this meant to him and wanted to keep it going. Brian’s mom, Stephany Young, reached out to Beth and with her blessing, Brian has given just under 3,000 stars to law enforcement officers during these visits. Many businesses and people from the Tucson area reach out to him with U.S. flags. After he cuts out the stars, the flags are folded and sent to the VFW to be properly disposed of.
Globe Police Chief Dale Walters presented Bryan with a GPD patch and also had an officer take him for a ride in the new police inceptor.
Miami Police Chief Keith Thompson helped Bryan with his mission by giving him U.S. flags that were decommissioned.
Brian plans on joining the Navy after high school and possibly becoming a dog handler. In the meantime, he wants the law enforcement officers to know that he supports them regardless of what you see on the news. He told the Arizona Silver Belt that “What they do is important and I couldn’t imagine what the world would be like without them or our military.” He has a goal of reaching every law enforcement officer in Arizona.
Bryan does appreciate each patch and challenge coin that the various departments have given him but wants all law enforcement officers to know how much he and others appreciate all their work, dedication and commitment.
You can follow Bryan and see his visits on Facebook at Stars 4R Heroes-Arizona.