Despite the fact that there are many good police officers out there risking their lives to make the world a better place, there have been many incidents as of late tarnishing the reputation of cops in general. That’s what makes it more important than ever to celebrate the ones who are honorably saving lives, like Rowlett, Texas, Corporal Patrick Ray.
The esteemed Cpl., who saved the life of 1-year-old Bexley Norvell in 2015 when she was choking on a coin, was recently invited to a little tea party by the now 2-year-old, and the photos couldn’t be any more adorable.
Wearing a frilly pink ensemble with a pearl necklace and a floral garland around her head, the little girl sits across from Ray, dressed in his uniform, at a tiny table with little chairs clinking their teacups.
“Her lips were completely blue,” Tammy Norvell, Bexley’s mother, recently told CNN about the frightening moment a year ago when her baby almost died. She dialed 911 and Ray showed up soon after, prying her daughter’s mouth open to perform a “finger sweep.” The whole incident was captured on his body camera.
The next day he told CBSDFW, “When I looked at her, I just saw these big blue eyes looking at me. It was almost like she was telling me, ‘I know you’re here to help me.'”
“It was the most beautiful sound I’d ever heard in my entire life,” Ray, who visited the girl the following day at the hospital, told KVTV about hearing Bexley breathe again.
After he saved Bexley, Ray, who has two small children of his own, exclaimed, “What makes it special is from here on out, I get to see her grow up.”
Tammy, who like any mother is forever grateful to the man who saved her child’s life, was pleasantly surprised that he came to the hospital.
“Last time I checked, that was not in their job description,” she exclaimed about his visit.
To honor him, she decided to do something special for him, setting up the tea party and the photo shoot on the year anniversary of the event.
“I wanted to make something positive out of a negative thing,” she told CNN. “I’m not going to let someone like that walk out of my life.”
And a year later, their bond is still as strong.
“We’re buddies. I can watch her get married. I can watch her have a family,” he told CBSDFW. “She could have lost her life that day, and I got super lucky.”
The photos were taken by Chelle Cates, a Garland, Texas, photographer, who tells Babble that the family is saving all the stories about Bexley’s tea party so that she can see them one day.
Hopefully, she will be reading them while sipping tea with her hero!