Erika Benning from Texas was bursting with pride and happiness on the 31st of January, 2020, which was the day she made her childhood dream come true.
After a lot of hard work, the 42-year-old mom was finally able to receive her badge and become a police officer for the Irving Police Department! The only problem which came up was the fact that one of the most important people in her life couldn’t be there for the swearing-in ceremony.
Benning had intended to enter the force much earlier, but when she turned into a mother in her early 20s, her plans changed. It wasn’t until her son, Sgt. Giovanni Pando, had graduated high school and joined the Army that she felt like it was time to revisit one of her oldest dreams.
Surely, Pando was more than happy when it came to hearing about his mom’s accomplishment, but ever since the 21-year-old has been serving in Germany for the past two years, he wouldn’t have the chance to celebrate with her… or so his mom thought.
While the two of them manage to talk on the phone once a week, Pando has been keeping one gigantic secret.
So while Benning was waiting for her husband to pin on her badge on the most important day, she noticed someone else entering the room. Moments later, she figured out that it was her son and instantly broke down!
“She’s never let something stop her from achieving what she wants,” Pando told FOX6Now. “That’s always something she’s preached to me: If you want something, work for it, and you’ll achieve your goal.”
And then he finally got the chance to be there for hers! The two of them embraced for the first time after their long time being separated, and then Pando got the honor of pinning on his dear mother’s badge.
“The only other moment that I will never forget that is more meaningful than this was the day I gave birth to him,” Benning said later. “So this moment of him pinning my badge I have to say is up there with that.”
What a wonderful way for Benning to start off her dream career!
“I have no words to describe how I feel about choosing this department to work for,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “My heart is filled with so much love and happiness. I have no doubt that everyone at Irving PD is family.”
Who can know? Perhaps her department will grow. After all, as soon as Pando finishes serving in the Army, he plans oj becoming a police officer, too!
Congratulations, Benning! We’re 100% certain that you’ll be just as good as a police officer as you undoubtedly are as a mother.
Make sure to grab some tissues before watching Pando’s surprise visit in the video down below, and don’t forget to share this story to congratulate Officer Benning!