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Mystery cop from pick-up basketball game has been identified

Mystery Cop from Pick-Up Basketball Game Has Been Identified
The mystery cop who paid it forward with a little one-on-one action against a young boy in San Antonio has finally been identified! HLN has more.


'No one knew who the officer was. We now know that his name is Officer Neil Rocha.'

Earlier this month, that video of Officer Rocha and 12-year-old Jacob Aguirre went viral. Jacob's mom, Monica Aguirre, took the video,

It was then shared to San Antonio Police Department's Facebook page, where it quickly spread.

Rocha tells KAVU Jacob was worried when he saw the police officer.

'He hesitated and I said, 'Hey man, you wanna play one-on-one?' And he said, 'Yeah, why not?' So we start playing.'

For Rocha, the impromptu game of ball called to mind some memories.

'Rocha says the situation reminded himself of what it was like when he first came to the United States as a child.'

When the game ended, HLN reports Rocha shook Jacob's hand and then did one last favor.

'He said can you do the siren now? And I did the siren and said, all right I got to go.'

Rocha told HLN the pick-up game was a fun chance to pay it forward.

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Pearl March 25 2014 at 6:19 AM

BEAUTIFUL HUMAN interest story. Thank You.

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meanstr March 25 2014 at 9:48 AM

There are Men ,then there are real Men

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jamelflu March 25 2014 at 6:42 PM

good way to go, playing it forward now let's get started people.

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Iris March 25 2014 at 10:22 AM

Happiness stories are needed
THANKS

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Carole March 25 2014 at 10:47 AM

Such a nice man, he sure made a impression on that young boy!!

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delilahweise March 25 2014 at 10:54 AM

hero's are from the heart to the needed ..this happen for a perfect reason ..for us to learn by give more and take less...

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rikrobo March 25 2014 at 10:55 AM

Just one example of the thousands of things cops do "above and beyond the call" across the country every single day - that you will never hear about - I know from personal experience. We worked in the worst area of town in uniform and we used to give out candy to the kids - out of our own pocket. It is a unique "job" - cops and their families will make sacrifices that few people will ever know or appreciate, Despite the bad times, I'm proud to say that I have met and worked with some of the best people you will ever know as a police officer.

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Ramsdm2003 March 25 2014 at 11:00 AM

That's a wonderful thing for this officer to do. We need more people like him.
This young man and his mother won't forget this act of random kindness.
:-)

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mkra March 25 2014 at 4:38 PM

Proverbs 3:3 - Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you: bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Rocha by profession is a Police Officer, but unless we stand up for the good, nothing else we do will matter. As a person, I would give him an Outstanding. Such glory to take Lunch Break and play ball with a young boy. What a way to relax and perform a challenge! Fond appreciation for finding out who the Officer was.

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sam March 25 2014 at 3:46 PM

Yeah good cops should be friends in the communities they are there to protect. Like British bobbies.

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cecropio sam March 25 2014 at 3:57 PM

You're right, sam. Our society here across the pond has always been a bit behind the British. Maybe one day we will get there. It's a money thing for us. One told me the reason they issue tickets to working folks is because they can't spend their time chasing criminals because there is no money for their department doing that. All about the buck here.

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