Tribute to Morgan Stewardby Former Representative Paul C. Broun
Posted on 2014-01-15
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge the
accomplishments of Morgan Steward, a 5-year-old from Covington, GA.
Steward was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic condition that
affects his muscle movement and confines him to a wheelchair. However,
Morgan's physical limitations in no way have hindered his career goals,
specifically, his dream of becoming a police officer.
When the Covington Police Department learned of Morgan's aspirations, they sprang into action, swearing him in as the newest member of the squad. As news of the new officer spread, the people of Covington formed a social media campaign to dedicate a special day to the young officer. Soon after, on December 17, 2013, a crowd gathered on the Covington Square to honor and cheer on the young officer as it was declared Officer Morgan Day.
However, Morgan's special day did not mean a break from maintaining public order. Typical daily responsibilities of a member of the force, like Morgan, include keeping the peace, law enforcement, protection of people and property, and the investigation of crimes. Officer Morgan Day was no exception, as December 17th proved to be a crime-filled day in Covington. Officer Morgan loyally executed the duties of the Covington Police Department, thwarting the efforts of a ``bank robber'' at BB&T and solving a theft of the ``Jewels of Covington'' at Southern Heartland Art Gallery. Morgan even teamed up with basketball star Shaquille O'Neal to rescue a cat from a tree.
It is my honor to acknowledge Morgan Steward for his brave service to his community as a Police Officer. I want to also commend this young man for setting the highest example of courageousness while facing such serious adversities. Those who know Morgan, recognize him for his constant smile and positive attitude. On behalf of the United States Congress, I commend young Officer Morgan for his service and thank him for the exceptional example he sets for all who face medical hardships.