NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new crop of 616 NYPD officers graduated from the Police Academy Monday – among them a man who might as well be called a blueblood.
As CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport reported Monday evening, graduating the academy in front of his family was more than just a calling for Erik Fischer, 24. It was arguably his destiny.
“It feels like a dream come true,” Fischer said. “I’ve been waiting a very long time, since I was a small boy, for this exact moment.”
Fischer is now a police officer just like his father, his grandfather, his great-grandfather, his great uncle, and his great-great uncle. In fact, Fischer is now the 17th member of his family to join the NYPD.
Fischer’s great-great uncle, Dan McGrath, was on the beat with the NYPD way back in 1905. His other great-great uncle, Thomas McGrath, was on the force in 1914, and his great-grandfather, William Ott Sr., in 1931.
“I feel like I’m part of that tradition,” Fischer said.
Fischer, who appeared in an old New York Post photo as a baby in his father’s arms, said his calling started as a little boy. He saw his father – now-retired Detective William Fischer, an NYPD medal of honor recipient – in his uniform.
“It was almost like my dad was a superhero — him coming home every day,” Erik Fischer said. “You know, I felt like my dad was Superman.”
When asked if she liked the idea of her son becoming a police officer, Erik Fischer’s mother, Cindy Fischer, said with a laugh, “I’m a mother – of course not.”
Now, her son will proudly wear his father’s badge number – 26062 – on his chest.
“I couldn’t be any prouder of him,” said William Fischer. “He worked very hard to get this.”
In welcoming Fischer and the new officers to the force at the graduation at Madison Square Garden, police Commissioner Bill Bratton told them their new mission is to save the children of the city. He said too many young men are carrying guns.