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An officer’s silent walks with a student inspire the Massachusetts community

A friendship between a 9-year-old girl and a dedicated school police officer in Waltham, Massachusetts, has captured the hearts of staff and students alike.

Elif Iskin, who has a developmental disability and minimal communication, began having daily recess interactions with Officer Ryan Foley.

Their daily routine involves Elif eagerly waiting for the break, after which she quietly heads to Officer Foley, who is always waiting at their special meeting place. The couple then embarks on a gentle 30-minute walk.

“She has a set route that she follows. There are certain rocks that she steps on at certain points of the turn that she likes to hit. But mostly it’s kind of a zone-out time. It’s just a leisurely 30-minute walk” , Foley said.

Foley said the couple doesn’t need words; their routine is their conversation.

“I think she notices that I’m pretty quiet too. And you know, I think that might make her feel more comfortable because I’m not pressuring her to do anything. It’s just walking, she know that I’m coming along.” the walk,” Foley said.

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Elif’s father, Onur Iskin, says it brings him to tears to see his daughter trust someone so much.

“I cried… because I know someone is watching her. She’s safe,” XXXX said. “I see her trusting someone other than her, her father or her mother or her aunts or uncles.”

Elif’s father appreciates the safety Officer Foley brings to his daughter’s life.

“Great guy, the best helper, best friend of Elif. Now I am 100% relaxed,” said xxxx.

This bond has lasted for over a year, and on days when Officer Foley is not there, Elif’s disappointment can be felt by her teachers.

The bond between Elif and Officer Foley grew stronger when Elif, who normally does not speak, surprised her teachers and classmates by identifying a flashcard image of a police officer as “Police Officer Foley.”

Officer Foley, who comes from a long line of police officers, is the first in his family to work in a school setting. This role has allowed him to build a protective, nurturing bond with Elif and leave an everlasting presence.

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“I think every connection I make at this school, especially this one, will live in my heart forever,” Foley said.

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