Lost Boy Of Sudan Refugee Becomes Atlanta Police Officer
Jacob Mach has one incredible refugee story as a former “Lost Boy of Sudan.”
NPR reports Mach was one of 20,000 boys forced from their home in Sudan in 1987 because of the Second Sudanese Civil War. Only half survived the thousand-mile trek by foot to a refugee camp in Kenya.
Mach arrived in the US when he was 21.
He went on to graduate from Georgia State University.
That’s where his big dream of becoming a police officer was born.
It has not been an easy path.
He was accepted to Atlanta’s Police Academy in 2012, but couldn’t pass the driving test.
He’s been working as a civilian code enforcement agent with APD, while working on driving.
He finally passed the test!
And this week was sworn in as an Atlanta police officer.
His two big motivations are making his son proud and giving back to a city that has changed his life.
“The city has been wonderful to me,” Mach he told NPR. “I felt that there was a need for me to give back to the people of Atlanta.”
You can hear Mach tell his story here.
First day as an Atlanta Police Officer! His son is especially proud of Officer Jacob Mach, a Lost Boy of Sudan who has realized his dream. pic.twitter.com/wGYmwUwwgF
— Atlanta Police Dept (@Atlanta_Police) February 15, 2017
The New York Times chronicled Mach’s journey in 2013.
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