Mike & Lauren Hurt with their son, Hayden.

Mike & Lauren Hurt with their son, Hayden.

Michael “Mike” Hurt, a School Resource Officer in the Blue Springs area, is also a community service enthusiast and advocate. When describing his duties as a school resource officer Hurt said, “We enforce the law and keep the students safe inside the school building and create positive interactions with young kids.” Click below to listen to KMZU’s Shaylee Miller speak with Hurt about his duties on the clock and the activities he supports to benefit the youth of his community.

Hurt is also involved with many volunteer based activities within his community of Blue Springs, where he grew-up and is now raising his own family. The activities Hurt mentioned include, “Shop with a Cop,” a community glow bike run and coaching a softball team known as the Exceptionals.

Hurt explained that the “Shop with a Cop” program is sponsored by the volunteer police department, which raises money throughout the year to help several less fortunate families at Christmas time. Hurt said one of the kids from a selected family is paired with one of the volunteer police personnel to visit a local store where they select presents for their entire family. Once the shopping is finished, the officers and their partnered child go to a predetermined destination to wrap all the gifts. Hurt went on to explain the children’s “families,” often times include grandparents as well as parents and siblings.

The glow bike run is another youth based community activity for which Hurt is a volunteer. Hurt volunteers his time, along with the rest of the police mountain biking unit, to teach bicycle safety and awareness to the kids. The ride takes place at night and the route is eight to ten miles. Hurt says they make a competition to see which participant can make their bike glow the brightest and best.

Hurt pitching to his Exceptionals team.

Hurt pitching to the Exceptionals team he coaches.

The Exceptionals is a special needs softball team, for which Hurt is a volunteer coach. Hurt said that the Exceptionals has team members beginning at preschool age and reaching all the way to mid to late 20’s. The teams are broken down not by age, but by skill. Hurt explained that there are some teams that are T-ball based only, however his team is slow pitch. “I pitch to all the kids, and they’re able to hit it [the ball] from a pitch,” said Hurt. When asked what brought about this passion for the Exceptionals, Hurt said, “What brought me to the profession was helping out and just serving and whenever I went to the school there was just a need there, there’s just so many programs that other people had got going … and just needed support.”

Mike attributed his childhood neighbor, who was a Blue Springs police officer, as his role model that instilled a giving-back mentality within him. “He just kinda … put the bug in my head and I always wanted to do it and I was able to follow through with my dream,” said Hurt in reference to community service and becoming a school resource officer. Hurt says he absolutely plans to pass on a love of community service to his son Hayden. Hurt was proud to announce that his wife Lauren brings Hayden to watch the Exceptionals and he already enjoys these events.

When asked if there was anything more Hurt would like to say to his community, he said, “[I’m] just thankful that I get to wake up every morning and do what I do.”