If Albuquerque Police Officer Ryan Holets had his way, this story never would have gone viral. CNN would not have learned that Holets, while on duty, had agreed to adopt a baby from a homeless drug addict about to shoot up heroin in broad daylight.
And CNN never would have had a chance to chronicle that encounter, drawing the attention of millions of people worldwide to the story of how Holets’s family grew by one on Oct. 12.
Holets, a religious 27-year-old who values his privacy, didn’t do it for the attention. He did it because he felt a calling from God. He knew it was the right thing to do.
“We didn’t do this to have a story,” Holets said in a phone interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday. “That is entirely not why we did it, but after talking to some close friends whom I trust, we realized this was …
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