Officer Elvis Duratovic / by Justin Merriman

Elvis Duratovic, 34, came to this country with his family from Bosnia in 1997. Duratovi, witnessed the devastation of genocide while serving in the military during the Bosnian War in 1992. Duratovic, who speaks five languages came with his family to the U.S. to start new lives and to live the American dream...his was to be a police officer. His mother, Bahirija, wanted nothing more than to see her son fulfill his dream, but died of cancer the same day her son got word that he was accepted to the city's police academy. After his graduation ceremony today, Duratovic, fights back tears as he hugs Sgt. Brenda Hill who he credits with helping him make it through the training academy after his mother's death.