When 9-year-old boy Bryce had his Pokemon card collection stolen from him, he got his first taste of injustice. Thankfully, amidst his misfortune, Bryce also got to experience justice thanks to one amazing police officer’s passion.
“These cards I had around since I was about six,” Bryce said proudly. When walking to his friend’s house one afternoon, a thief ran right past Bryce and snatched the collection from him. Bryce said he was devastated that this treasured Pokemon card collection was so unceremoniously stripped from him.
When his mother called the cops, Bryce was fortunate enough to have Cleveland police officers James Grotenrath and Ken Kirk showed up to investigate. With the aid of the neighborhood kids, the binder was recovered. Unfortunately, some of the cards were gone. But Officer Grotenrath wasn’t going to let this go…
“I grew up with Pokemon. I loved Pokemon as a kid, and I would be heartbroken too if my cards were taken from me,” Grotenrath said.
After his shift, the police officer went home, rummaged through his old collection and returned to hand over his collection to Bryce, including a few banned Pokemon cards. “It’s a priceless item, but it’s better to see someone else smile, and in my book, like my partner says, it’s just happy to see a citizen smile instead of always frowning upon us and looking the other way,” said Grotenrath.
Watch the video below if you’re in need of a reminder that there is still some good left in the world.