Frank Shankwitz, an Arizona motorcycle cop with a troubled past, survives a near-fatal accident during a high-speed pursuit. As part of Frank's rehabilitation, police chief Sgt. Eddie Newman asks him to spend time with a terminally ill little boy, Michael, whose dying wish is to be a Highway Patrol motorcycle officer. To Michael, Frank is his hero, and an unlikely friendship is born. The boy inspires Frank to follow a new path, which leads to the creation of the Make-A-Wish foundation.
One boy's wish changed a man. One man's wish changed the world.
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Did You Know?
Been there, done that: Robert Pine
plays Arizona Highway Patrol Sergeant Eddie Newman, who assigns a rookie motor officer to the veteran Shankwitz. 42 years earlier in CHiPs
(1977), he played California Highway Patrol Sergeant Joe Getrear. The initial plot line of that show involved a veteran motor officer, Jon Baker, played by Larry Wilcox
(who appears here as John Foster) training an inexperienced motor officer. See more
Frank is shown wearing his uniform while at the hospital and also after being released. Hospitals, especially in a case involving a serious injury, would require the patient to change into hospital clothing. His uniform would have been cut off of him by either the EMS medics or the emergency room staff. See more
When someone need help, you give it to them
Juke box blues
Written by Tommy Marolda
Performed by The Toms
Courtesy of Mar-Tune Music See more