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WATCH: School Resource Officer Who Touched the Lives of Students Given Emotional Send-Off From Grateful Students

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For so many children living in troubled homes, the dedication and care of another adult, especially at school, can make a world of difference. One teacher, one bus driver, or in this case, one school resource officer, can leave a lasting positive impact on a child who doesn’t have anyone else in their corner.

To the students at Cooper Academy in Fresno, California, student neighborhood resource officer Conrado Martin and his “fatherly approach” were a deeply appreciated part of their school day.

A sixteen-year veteran of the Fresno Police Department, Martin first took up his post as the school’s SRO three years ago and, according to a video posted by the Fresno Unified School District, he was a little reluctant about it.

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“I’ve got five kids at home,” he said in a heartwarming video put together by the district, wondering if he could handle 642 more.

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“When we’re uncomfortable about doing something, and somebody knows your specialty, sometimes you gotta believe in what the man upstairs is calling you to do,” Martin said in the video, explaining how he felt led by the Lord to accept the position in spite of his apprehension. “Even if it doesn’t seem right—feel right, you gotta believe that He’s ordaining something better for you.”

Indeed, God definitely was calling Martin into something bigger and better. Right off the bat, he got to work influencing and guiding troubled youth in the school, especially children without fathers in their lives.

“The first thing I saw was several kids who were without fathers and, me being a father myself, there has to be something I can do to give back to these kids,” Martin said in the video. “We don’t know what [each] child has went through the night before.”

Many of Cooper Academy’s students are growing up in rough neighborhoods and would otherwise likely have become afraid or mistrusting of police, something Martin has actively sought to prevent.

To bond with students and give them crucial character training they may not be getting at home, Martin began The Officers Club which teaches kids seven key principles—integrity, honesty, respect, courtesy, responsibility, accountability, and forgiveness—over a seven-week course.

Martin’s firm but considerate guidance is definitely having an effect at the school, Cooper principal Sandra Auble shared with KFSN. “Our kids are asking for him on a daily basis and when he’s not here, students are disappointed.”

Sadly, the Cooper Academy students learned recently that Officer Martin had been promoted to sergeant by the Fresno Police Department, meaning he’d be moving on from his role as SRO. As he left the building on his last day at work, the Cooper Academy students lined the halls to give him an amazing send-off.

So, although Martin is moving on from the school district, his care and dedication to the children he served are sure to have a long-lasting impact on the community he continues to protect and serve.

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WATCH: Tiny Pup Protects 12 Year-Old Owner from Vicious Wild Animal

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There are times in every dog owner’s life in which man looks down at beast and wonders just how peculiar and unique this relationship really is. There are no companion animals more attuned to the human existence than our dogs.  (I’m sorry, horse-owners, but y’all come in a close second). These are members of the family who feel a duty and nobility about doing the dirty, animalistic work of the group…no matter the size. In Toronto this week, a young girl and her small dog made big news. An incredibly brave little Yorkie defended its owner, a 10-year-old girl, from a coyote that attacked the pair while out for a neighborhood walk in Toronto this week. The Yorkshire terrier, who the family rescued six years ago, suffered “extremely serious tissue injuries to her spine and her leg,” Dorothy Kwan, 10-year-old Lily Kwan’s mother, wrote on a crowdfunding page to raise money for the veterinarian bills. “You can see our dog putting herself between my daughter and the coyote,” Dorothy Kwan wrote. “Even after she was seriously injured, she continued to bark and chase the coyote away. She fought back.” The entire scene was captured on video: https://youtu.be/qTqXqoqMSWM The underdog yorkie did spend some time in a canine ICU, but returned home after a few days with 40 stitches and one heck of a story.  

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Joey Chestnut’s Gutsy Performance Breaks Another Hot Dog Eating Record

A feat unmatched for Chestnut, who is growing accustomed to the glory.

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One of the 4th of July’s most time-honored traditions may also be one of its zaniest, and this year was no exception. Every Independence Day, the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest amazes spectators and onlookers alike, as the larger-than-life characters of the professional eating world take the stage for what is widely considered the ultimate test of their “sport”. And no, this isn’t the rinky-dink affair that you might find at your local frankfurter spot.  The pageantry and fanfare are unparalleled, as evidenced by the introduction afforded to the world’s most prolific hot dog downer. https://twitter.com/espn/status/1411730424913616907?s=20 And, if you thought for one second that Chestnut was going to phone it in in 2021, you’d be dead wrong. Chowdown champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut broke his own record to gulp to a 14th win in the men’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday, while Michelle Lesco took the women’s title. Chestnut downed 76 franks and buns in 10 minutes. That’s one more than he did in setting the men’s record last year, when the contest unfolded without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic. “It just felt good,” Chestnut, of Westfield, Indiana, said in an ESPN interview after his win Sunday. “Even if I was uncomfortable, having everybody cheer me and push me, it made me feel good.” Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona, downed 30¾ dogs in 10 minutes and called her win “an amazing feeling.” Reigning women’s champ and record-holder Miki Sudo skipped this year because she’s expecting a baby in a few weeks with fellow competitive eater Nick Wehry. https://twitter.com/woodwardsports/status/1412118527214034945?s=20    

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