TULSA, Okla. — An eight-year-old boy from Tulsa says a pandemic hasn’t slowed his efforts to help pray for Tulsa police.
FOX23 News first talked to Trey Elliott and his mom, Brittany Elliott, back in the summer of 2020 when Trey held a prayer vigil outside the Tulsa Police Department. Trey prayed for several police officers including Police Chief Wendell Franklin.
Trey’s mom says a pandemic has made things more challenging, but Trey has continued to pray for officers. His goal is to pray for all 800+ TPD officers—she says they’ve been able to pray for 325 so far. Brittany says it’s not uncommon for the eight -year-old to talk to police and their families over the phone or over Skype or Zoom.
Through Tik Tok videos and social media, they’ve seen Trey’s reach and his impact on officers grow. After receiving a few patches from some of the officers he’s prayed for, he recently asked Santa for patches from other police departments. Brittany said he only expected four or five, but after a few weeks, Trey now has more than 5,000. It’s not just patches, but also challenge coins, pins and hundreds of letters. Brittany says it’s been emotional at times to see Trey’s impact on so many families and different departments across the country.
When asked what Trey plans to do with all of his collectables and the thousands of patches he said, “I’m just going to keep them my whole life. They are really special to me.” He says he will continue to pray for officers as long as he can and says he will always have their backs.