A new police officer is on the beat in Newington following in the footsteps of his father who has passed away.
Michael Fallon always dreamed of growing up like his dad and working alongside him as a police officer, but his father died before he could achieve his dreams.
"I wanted to be an officer at 2-year-old after I stopped wanting to be a Dunkin' Donuts guy," Fallon said.
Fallon's father died when he was only 13-year-old. His father was a well-known Hartford Police Officer and State Capitol Police Chief for several years.
Last week, Fallon was sworn in by his uncle, West Hartford Police Captain, Frank Fallon.
"He loved this job more than anything, now it's my turn to live it for him," Fallon said.
Fallon's father died of cancer at the age of 47.
"I wear his chain he gave me in the hospital. I know he's sitting on my shoulder every day. I pray to him every night," Fallon said.
Fallon attended the police academy where his dad also learned to become a cop decades ago.
"This place reminds me of him every day. I walk by his picture every day, I always stop and look at it and blow a kiss sometimes. I miss him, my picture is right across the hall from him so I'm following in his footsteps," Fallon said.
He is literally in his footsteps. Fallon wears his father's boots.
"I went with him every change I could on a Saturday or Sunday when he was in for extra duty job or parade. I was always in his passenger seat and it's been a dream ever since then," Fallon said.
Before his father died, Fallon's father gave him some advice
"Be honest, be a leader every day. Before school he would say take care of your sister and be a leader and that's what I did and that's what I'm going to do every day of my life," Fallon said.
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