Korbin’s dream is to be just like his ‘Big Brother,’ Officer Herb Ashford. “He’s great at being an officer and he’s fun to play with,” Korbin says. “When I grow up I want to go into the Army, and then after that, I want to be a police officer too.”
Officer Ashford visits his second grade ‘Little’ Korbin every Friday at school to eat lunch with him and catch up on the previous week. According to Korbin, their favorite thing to do is play tag. “I’m really fast,” Korbin insists. He laughs while Officer Ashford jokes, “if you haven’t tagged me yet, how fast can you be?”
Before Officer Ashford came along, Korbin had some behavioral problems in school. Korbin’s school counselor describes the pair’s ‘Big/Little’ relationship as one that truly touches her heart. “Seeing Korbin with Officer Herb is night and day,” she explains. “His behavior has significantly improved and Officer Herb has turned Korbin into a happy kid, who is constantly giggling and laughing, something I never used to see from him.”
“He’s great at being an officer and he’s fun to play with,” Korbin says. “When I grow up I want to go into the Army, and then after that, I want to be a police officer too.”
For 30 years, Officer Ashford was a part of the Dallas Police Department and is now currently serving as the Assistant Chief of Police for the Dallas County Community College District. He is thankful he is able to provide safety to the community and recognizes the importance of giving back.
Officer Ashford is a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Dallas’ Bigs in Blue initiative. Bigs in Blue connects youth with police in the community to help build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve while making a positive difference in the lives of children.
Make a difference in your community and create a relationship like Officer Ashford and Korbin by becoming a Big today. For more info about becoming a donor or mentor, visit https://www.bbbstx.org/dallas/get-involved/