Cops Pray With Boy

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Police Officer Prays with 9-Year-Old Before Brain Surgery

July 16, 2018 - 3:55 pm

By Meredith Ganzman/Joe Cingrana for

Before 9-year-old Jalen Manns underwent brain surgery, he received a special visit from members of his local police department who joined him in prayer before the operation. 

Officers from the Warner Robins Police Department in Georgia showed up to Jalen’s home early Friday morning before he left for the hospital.

They brought gifts and introduced him to their K9 officers. Jalen loves German shepherds and has a collection of stuffed German shepherds that his family calls "Jalen's guard dogs."

At one point, one officer knelt with Jalen in the grass and said a prayer with the boy in an emotional moment was caught on video.

After their prayer, the officers escorted Jalen and his mom to the hospital and stayed with him, keeping him calm before the operation. 

Jalen, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May, made it through the procedure and is recovering in the hospital. 

His family is incredibly thankful to have his new police pals watching over this brave boy.