During the signing ceremony for three bills intended to support police and first responders, President Biden took some time to speak with the 7-year-old son of an officer who took his own life in 2019.
Biden signed the Protection of America First Responders Act of 2021, the Confidential Opportunities for Peer Support Counseling Act or the COPS Counseling Act, the Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act on Thursday morning.
All three serve to support police with increased benefits, co-operation, and giving the U.S. extraterritorial jurisdiction over certain crimes against federal officers or employees abroad.
Shortly after signing the bills, Biden was spotted talking to Jake Bomba and was pictured putting his hand on the boy’s arm. The president also gave Jake the pen with which he signed the bills.
Jake’s father was Officer Thomas Bomba, 38, who took his own life in October 2019 after suffering a training injury ten years ago that caused a carnivorous bacterial infection. Bomb worked for the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland for 13 years.
About 30-40 people attended the signing ceremony, including Bomb’s widow Angela and older son Tommy. Also present were several members of Congress, Vice President Kamala Harris and representatives of police organizations.