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Student, SRO have special connection


Last updated 11/5/2021 at 9:13pm | View PDF

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Bella Andrade, a student at Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain, looks up to her SRO Officer Morris, so much so that she dressed up like him for Halloween. Bella has a genetic disorder that limits her speech and mobility, but she shares a special connection with Morris, who goes out of his way to greet her every day.

The mother of a student at Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain recently shared a heartwarming story and photos documenting her daughter's special connection with the school's SRO, Officer Morris.

"Officer Morris deserves all the praise," Maria Andrade said. "We need more officers like him."

Andrade's daughter, Bella, has a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. She cannot walk or talk, but she and Officer Morris have their way of communicating.

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"Bella squeals and laughs as soon as she catches a glimpse of him, and Officer Morris always goes straight to her no matter where he's at to say hello," Andrade said.

Bella dressed up as a police officer for Halloween, and her gait trainer that she uses to help her walk was decorated with wood cutouts painted to look just like a Fountain police car.

"He is just such a kind person, kind not only to my daughter but all the students, parents and staff," Andrade said of Morris. He goes out of his way daily to say hello to our daughter Bella. ... A lot of people don't go out of their way to interact with children with special needs like he does."

To learn more about Angelman Syndrome, which affects a person's speech, movement and learning, visit

-Karin Hill


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