Columbus Police officer gets surprise awards ceremony at ill father’s bedside

Columbus Police Officer Ryan Rosser and his father, who has lung cancer.

COLUMBUS (WMCH) – The Columbus Division of Police honored its officers Thursday night in an award ceremony for their outstanding commitment to serve and protect the Columbus community.


The family of Officer Ryan Rosser was not able to make it to the awards ceremony because his father Randy Rosser is undergoing treatment for lung cancer.


With help from the Columbus Division of Police and Ohio Health, the officer was able to bring the ceremony to his father.


In a room full of family and friends, Randy was able to witness his son receive the Medal of Merit Award.


May 24, 2016, during a traffic stop, Officer Rosser and Officer Kurt Chapman arrested a man for several sexual assault cases following a DNA match.


Recently randy was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. His doctor told him he would not be able to make it to the ceremony, but his dream came true.


“Our dream was to have him accomplish his goals in life,” said Randy. “This is one of his goals that he wanted to do, become a police officer and he did it.”


“To be here with my dad and at the same time for him to see this means everything to me and to my family,” said Ryan. 


Fighting back tears Ryan’s mother Rose says this is one of the brightest days of her life, but also scary not knowing what the future holds.


”He will always be my hero,” said Rose about her son. “He will always be my hero, but my husband helped raise him to be my hero because he’s my hero as well.”

NBC4’s Tyler Carter filmed the awards ceremony live–click here if you can’t see the video below!

Tonight is the Columbus Police bi-annual awards ceremony, but the parents of one of their own officers won’t be able to…

Posted by Tyler Carter NBC4 on Thursday, November 3, 2016 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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