Albuquerque Police Officer Ryan Holets captured national attention when his story of adopting a baby from a drug addict took off late last year.
Holets met Crystal Champ responding to a call on September 23. Champ was homeless and nearly 8 months pregnant when he found her shooting up heroin behind a convenience store with her partner.
“I saw more than an addict who didn’t care about anybody,” he said. “I saw a mother who loved her child, who was at the same time held captive and imprisoned by her addiction and she recognized that, and that affected me a lot.”
Holets says she shared with him that she was desperate to find someone to adopt her unborn child, and that’s when everything changed.
He continues, “I just felt God telling me, ‘Tell her that you will do it because you can. You can.'”
Three weeks later, a baby girl they named “Hope” was born.
When the White House got wind of the story – Holets and his wife, Rebecca, were invited as Trump’s special guests at the State of the Union address Tuesday night.
The White House said in a news release Monday that Holets is “breaking down walls between drug addicts and police officers to help save lives.”
On Tuesday, the Holets sat right next to First Lady Melania Trump while the president told their story. Then, he addressed them directly.
“Ryan and Rebecca, you embody the goodness of our nation,” President Trump said.
“I’ve also kind of adopted Tom and Crystal, they’re like my brother and sister” Holets says. “Tom calls me every day to tell me how blessed he’s been but I’m the one that really feels blessed by Tom, by Crystal, by Hope. All three of them are just a massive blessing in our life.”