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Dominic’s Ripple: Carrying on a legacy

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Dominic May

MADISON (WKOW) — Dominic May was the pride and joy of parents Meghan and Casey.

“A fun, loving, caring, sweet, energetic, five-year old boy,” said Meghan with a grin.

Dominic loved soccer, tractors and helping people. His dream was to become a police officer. So, he was excited to meet Chief Mike Koval from the Madison Police Department at the Kids Expo last spring.

“He just tells me spontaneously, ‘I want to be a police officer some day,” remembers Koval. “So, we got a picture. I put a sticker on him and said, ‘You know Dominic, you made my day.’.”

That memory was fresh in Koval’s mind when he answered a call on July 13, 2018 about a young boy who had been hit by a car. Koval approached the family to offer his support when a woman he recognized approached him. Koval was trying to place the woman when she explained.

“She said, ‘Remember? The Alliant Energy Expo?’ It was like a lightning bolt. I said, ‘That’s who this is?’. Yes, it was Dominic, and I lost it.”

Dominic May was just 5-years-old when he died, but Koval made his dream come true by naming him an honorary officer. The family has framed the letter that reads:

“I hereby declare that Dominic May, dedicated and committed to the mission and values of the Madison police department is now recognized as an honorary police officer. Congratulations Dominic, and I know you’ll be with us as we work together to protect and serve. Your forever friend, Chief Mike Koval.”

Dominic was laid to rest with a police escort and honor guard. The outpouring of support amazed the May family and inspired them.

“We heard stories from complete strangers, from family, from friends on how they were doing things differently because of the way Dominic lived his life,” Meghan explains. “So, the idea of a ripple started. We kept thinking how neat that Dominic was this light.”

The family created a charity called Dominic’s Ripple. In its first event, they handed out backpacks full of school supplies to local kids. Then, came the idea to raise money for a K-9 unit for the Madison Police Department.

“Dominic loved dogs. He wanted to be a police officer. So, we thought this was a perfect way where we could raise money and kind of merge these two things that Dominic really loved,” says Meghan.

An event called “Dominic’s Kickoff at Keva” this Sunday will raise money for the cause in honor of a boy whose life was too short but whose impact is immeasurable.

“I try to live my life better because of him and because of the impact he has made on so many,” said Meghan. “I just keep thinking what a wonderful world it could be if everybody could lived their life like Dominic.”

“Dominic’s Kickoff at Keva” will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Keva Sports Center at 8312 Forsythia Street in Middleton. The event will feature a soccer skills clinic, face painting, live music, a dunk tank and other family-friendly activities. Tickets are available before the event for $15 or on the day of the event for $20. Kids 5 and under are free.

To learn more about “Dominic’s Ripple” and ways to contribute, click here:

Lance Veeser

Sports Director, 27 News

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