Local 3rd grader lives out dream job thanks to MPD officers

WATCH: Local 3rd grader lives out dream job thanks to MPD officers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Do you remember when you were a kid what you wanted to be when you grew up?

Most kids don’t know the answer to that question, but one third grader at Egypt Elementary has always known.

Shaheem Young told FOX13, “I want to help people.”

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But during a physical a last fall, Shaheem wound up the one who needed help... putting that goal of being a police officer at risk.

“They said Shaheem had a heart murmur, I started freaking out," Shantell Young, Shaheem’s mother said.

More testing at the hospital revealed Shaheem’s left aortic valve was crossed and needed to be surgically corrected.

After going through some health complications, Shaheem got a big surprise thanks to the Memphis Police Department.

MPD officers picked him up at school Thursday morning, put him in uniform and drove him in a patrol car to a command meeting.

“It’s just a blessing to me that some of our young people are still inspired to be police officers," said Officer Tadario Holmes with MPD.

The officers even swore him in as an honorary officer and gave him a badge.

Shaheem’s mother said she is thankful for the Well Child organization. They did the physical on Shaheem which found his heart murmur.

She said if it wasn’t for them, they may not have known about Shaheem’s heart condition.