Former Lost Boy of Sudan becomes Atlanta cop
Officer Jacob Mach was one of 20,000 boys who were displaced or orphaned during a Sudanese civil war
By PoliceOne Staff
ATLANTA — Jacob Mach came from a lawless country, and is now working to keep order in Atlanta as a police officer.
Mach, a former Lost Boy of Sudan, was one of 20,000 boys who were displaced or orphaned during a Sudanese Civil War, WSBTV reported. In 2001, he was granted refugee status and came to America with only a change of clothes and a three-month guarantee of government support, according to the New York Times.
He worked various jobs from unpacking grocery produce to working night shift at a hotel in order to bring his wife from Kenya. They had a son and Mach realized his dream of becoming a police officer.
When Mach was hired by the Atlanta Police Department in 2012, he initially didn’t pass training, the New York Times reported.
After a long journey, Mach was sworn in as an Atlanta police officer Wednesday.
His son joined him in celebrating his first day on the job.
First day as an Atlanta Police Officer! His son is especially proud of Officer Jacob Mach, a Lost Boy of Sudan who has realized his dream. pic.twitter.com/wGYmwUwwgF— Atlanta Police Dept (@Atlanta_Police) February 15, 2017