Teary-eyed NYPD officers honored a 10-year-old Texas girl Tuesday who sent hundreds of thank you cards to the department after two officers were executed in Brooklyn last year by a gunman who killed himself in a nearby subway station after the ambush.
"My goal is to tell as many police officers as I can that I love them, and I thank them for what they do for us," Savannah Solis told officers at a Bronx precinct.
Savannah was moved to send some 200 cards to police in New York after officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant Dec. 20.
She also made 300 for police throughout Texas and has visited officers in her home state.
Savannah was greeted by an NYPD helicopter flyover as she emerged from an SUV in the Bronx. Then the handlers for a group of K9 police dogs presented her with an NYPD cap she wore for the ceremony inside the Bronx precinct.
Savannah said her ambition is to become a member of a canine police unit.
Savannah's mother, Debbie Solis, said the girl's first contact with police was their quick response to the mother's two heart attacks at their home in Tyler, Texas.
"To my heroes, I want to say, 'Don't stop. Please don't give up,'" the girl told officers. "Many do not care or appreciate the sacrifices you make every day, but I do."