|"Murph" helps the kids with their homework.|
Murphy, the crime prevention officer at the Mason Police District, spends hours with the children in the after-school and summer programs at the Willston Multicultural Center in Seven Corners. “I am proud to say that Officer Brendan Murphy is our own local hero,” says Caballero, the former youth director at the Willston Center and currently a community developer with the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services in Annandale.
|Murphy shows the kids his unmarked police car.|
So he started stopping by regularly to help the kids with their schoolwork. “A lot of those families are struggling financially or have single-parent households, and parents don’t have time to work with their children or don’t have the English skills to help with reading and writing,” Caballero says.
Murphy stops by to visit with the children whenever he has the chance, sometimes bringing popsicles or cookies, and plays with them on the playground. “He has a great way with children and has built a good rapport with them,” Caballero says. “The little kids admire him.”
He’s also presented workshops for the children about safety, self defense, and gang prevention. He’s shown them his police gadgets and even let them sound the siren in his police car.
The center definitely needs more volunteers for the after-school program. If you’re interested, contact the center’s new youth director, Elisa Velasco, 703-536-8943, elisa.velasco@fairfaxcounty,gov.