A school resource officer in Hamblen County, Tennessee, is being praised for assisting to comfort an autistic student on the first day of school, WBNS reported.

The Hamblen County Department of Education shared a photo of Officer Julio Ortiz hugging Kadin Templin, a boy with autism at West View Middle School on Monday, Aug. 5.

“This makes me so happy to see an officer taking time to be there to a child with special needs,” Christina Swartz, said.

Templin has had 24 surgeries in his lifetime, and the transitioning to his new school has been difficult, his mother added.

Swartz has reached out to Ortiz to say thank you. Ortiz said he was “so excited and honored to be called his friend.”

Templin has scheduled the 25th surgery later this month.

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