"I was like 'how dare you judge me?"
Extraordinary events have transpired since Holets joined Edison's squad in the summer of 2017, but neither man could have predicted the latest turn of events.
President lauded a New Mexico police officer who stopped a pregnant woman from injecting heroin - and then adopted her child - as he called for a crackdown on "drug dealers and pushers" to stem the massive opioid epidemic. They adopted the girl after the addicted mom agreed to let the couple raise her baby.
"We feel God has called us to do that", Rebecca Holets, Ryan's wife, said.
It was a sweet moment - and aren't we still permitted to say that in America, no matter how much controversy, chaos and challenge we face on so many fronts? "Ryan and Rebecca, you embody the goodness of our nation".
Holets received the news after his sergeant told him he had a message from the White House, according to the Albuquerque Journal. On Tuesday, he spent a portion of his address saying criminals and gang members from across the Mexican border are part of the larger drug problem, before turning his attention to Holets family seated directly to the left of Melania.
The Holets family has been invited to be first lady Melania Trump's guests at the State of the Union address on the evening of January 30, reports WGHP. The rehab team arrived at the airport with the couple, but the grip of heroin and drug addiction was so strong that they both unraveled inside the airport and refused to get on the flight.
He confronted the woman, Crystal Champ, who was about eight months pregnant at the time. "Why do you have to be doing that stuff? It's going to ruin your baby", Holets recalled telling her.
"You're going to kill your baby", Holets told the woman. Holets and his wife had spoken about adoption, and he saw this moment as a sign. On the video footage, Holets can be heard trying to reason with Champ that her actions are not only detrimental to herself, but also to her baby.
Holets says a insane idea started to bloom in his mind.
Albuquerque police officer Ryan Holets holds his newly adopted daughter, Hope, after being recognized by the city of Albuquerque in December. Holets made two decisions after the interaction with Champ.
"I've gotten so exhausted of seeing so many situations where I want to help but can't", he said.
Ryan says he has always worked toward the goal of improving the nation's view of those who are stuck in cycles of addiction and homelessness.
As Holets told CNN, those words struck a chord.
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