Police Officer Adopts Homeless Addict's Baby
An unbelievable story of the humanity behind the badge. This is a needed reminder of how the police truly represent the best of us. #HumanizeTheBadgePosted by Thin Blue Line USA on Saturday, January 13, 2018
The incredible story of Officer Ryan Holets has swept through the country, shining a beacon of hope into this terrible stage of the opioid epidemic. Our video tribute has been viewed over 3 million times, garnering a wide audience after President Trump personally invited him to receive honors at his State of the Union. Read on to for out update of this brave family, their beautiful baby, and the recovering victims of heroin addiction.
Crystal Champ became addicted to opioids as a teenager; a tragic reality that is affecting a startling number of Americans. Her addiction posed an extreme danger to her unborn child, a child that was rescued and adopted by Officer Ryan Holets. A child he named Hope.
Ryan Holets broke down the walls and offered to save her life and her unborn baby’s life. Ryan knew that it wasn’t what he said to Crystal, the day he found her and Tom Keys shooting up heroin behind a gas station, but what he did that would impact their lives forever. Ryan Holets, a police officer from Albuquerque, N.M., on duty that day, made a decision to adopt Crystal’s baby.
Crystal Champ and Tom Keys are on the road to recovery. The couple is currently staying at live-in rehabilitation center are fast approaching 90 days sober! Officer Ryan Holets has raised nearly $25,000 by starting a Tom and Crystal GoFundMe for the couple’s housing after they leave the rehabilitation center. Initially the GoFundMe was started to help raise funds for their rehabilitation, however, a rehabilitation center stepped forward to offer full scholarships to their facility. Ryan is directly in control of all funds raised by the GoFundMe and personally ensuring that they are used to help support Tom and Crystal.
Tom graduated from the program at the rehabilitation center several weeks ago and is currently doing work for the facility. Crystal is in the process of graduating and looking for a halfway house where she can stay after she leaves the facility. Ryan stays in contact with the couple, sending pictures of baby Hope, who is now 5 months old, letting them know how she is doing. He said baby Hope will always know how much Crystal loved her.
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