Arizona police lieutenant Brain Zach and his wife recently adopted a young girl that he helped save from abuse.
Zach was a patrol sergeant in March 2018 and was called to Kaila’s home. She had suffered multiple injuries and abuse in that home.
Zach comforted the girl as they waited for detectives to transport her to the hospital.
“We colored, we snacked … she held my hand and she was just this cute little thing,” Zach told Good Morning America. “Once detectives came, they picked her up and took her to the hospital.”
Zach and his wife had two other children; when he came home that evening, he told his wife about Kaila and said he wanted Kaila to live with them.
Kaila, meanwhile, was treated for her abuse and criminal charges were filed against her caretakers.
Child protective services was unable to find immediate placement for Kaila, so Zach and his wife stepped up.
“She came with a sippy cup, a bag of clothes that didn’t fit her and that was it,” the policeman said.
“Within the second day she was calling my wife ‘mom’ or ‘mommy,’” he recalled. “I was ‘guy’ for a week or two and then when she started preschool she learned who ‘dad’ was.”
“We lived each week not knowing if she was going to go back to her biological parents, or how long we were going to keep her,” Zach explained. “Our goal was to love and care for this little girl for as long as it happened.”
The Kingman Police Department Chief, Rusty Cooper, said that Zach’s an incredible parent and is committed to public safety.
“They are committed to the service of others and a cause that is greater than themselves,” Copper added. “We are proud of Brian and thankful that he and his family are part of the Kingman Police Department.”
Brian and Cierra Zach formally adopted Kaila on August 18th, 30 months after she first came to them.
Her dad said she loves school, animals, dancing, and pretending to go on “cruise vacations” in a cardboard box.
“She is so comical, she is so witty. She’s just a character.”
Check out the video to see more about Zach and Kaila!