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OHP grants Elgin student's wish to ride with troopers

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ELGIN, OK (KSWO) -A wish granted today for a 6th-grade special needs student from Elgin Middle School, all with the help of the school's student council and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Elgin Middle Schools Student Council and OHP granted Ethan Flood his lifetime wish by giving him the chance to be a State Trooper for the day. It's part of Elgin Student Council's "Winter Wishes Program". Through the program, every student got to submit a wish for themselves and a wish for someone else. Several students submitted the same wish for Ethan. 

It all started with a surprise visit from Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers at the beginning of the school day...

"How are you, Ethan, said OHP troopers.

"Good," said Ethan Flood, 6th grade student at Elgin Middle School.

"Highway Patrol here for your make a wish," said OHP.

After all the shock wore off, Ethan Flood put on his official OHP hat and went out for his first ride with the troopers.

Traffic stops, writing tickets and keeping the community safe is what Ethan has dreamed about his whole life, and on Monday he was smiling ear to ear as he finally got the chance to be a trooper.

"I like the job and I can get people," said Flood.

Ethan has family in Texas who are also in law enforcement, and his passion for the career developed from watching them. 

OHP Captain Paul Timmons said granting Ethan's wish is almost more rewarding to the troopers, and seeing his excitement and joy over being in law enforcement makes him proud.

"Words can't express it enough, especially in an instance like this where you got a young child that is really just fascinated with law enforcement," said Timmons. "It means a lot to be able to come out and make this wish come true for him."
 
Melissa Evon, a teacher at Elgin Middle School, started the Winter Wishes Program to show kids the importance of paying it forward, especially in the midst of the holiday season.

"We have a lot of great kids and we have a lot of kids that are very kind and that was important to us...that the kids get a chance to show just how great they are and making these wishes," said Evon. "We just wanted to spread some cheer and some joy and some love and that's kind of what it's all been about for us."

As for Ethan, he says he's ready for his badge and uniform because there's no question what he wants to be when he grows up. 

"I want to be a State Trooper," said Flood.

After Ethan's ride in the trooper's car, he also had lunch with them. 
 
Hundreds of wishes were submitted, all varying in size. The school and students are trying to grant as many wishes as they can through the end of the week.  Some of the smaller wishes they plan to grant throughout the rest of the school year.

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