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Officer Graves - a Very Special First Responder

He’s Dedicated His Career to Serving Those Who Are Overlooked

Article by Marisa Binghan

Photography by Lovelyn Photography

Originally published in Allen City Lifestyle

When you see a police officer, you envision strength and poise, maybe even a little fear if they’re in your rearview mirror accompanied by flashing lights. When you see Officer Graves, though, you can’t help but notice that he’s extraordinary. “The moment I decided to become a policeman was when one came to my mom’s hair salon. He talked to me like I was his equal. I knew that I wanted to make other people feel like that one day. Like they’re seen and protected, no matter their skin color or their physical limitations.”

That’s exactly what Officer Graves has been able to do during his 18-year stint in the Allen Police Department. “I remember growing up in Blue Ridge there was a classmate of mine who was wheelchair-bound. I remember how hard his mom worked to take care of him and give him a normal life. I thought people like BJ and his mom needed to be celebrated.”

So, in his line of work, he makes sure that his department gives back by participating in Special Olympics events like the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Tip-a-Cop, and Gold Cornhole Tournament. All proceeds go to supporting the athletes and their families through the Special Olympics. “I do this work every day because it’s important for me to give back to my community. My wife, Sara, takes care of our two boys while I’m away working 10-plus hour shifts. Without her, none of the work I do would be possible.”