After a rough start, things just keep looking up for 12-year-old Reginald "Reggie" Fields, the boy who had the cops called on him while mowing a lawn in Maple Heights.
About two weeks ago, Reggie and his friends were mowing the lawn of neighbor Lucille Holt when they accidently cut a portion of the next-door neighbors' grass. Those neighbors then called the police, prompting an outraged Holt to post a live video of the situation.
While no one was arrested, the post quickly went viral, with the vast majority of viewers expressing sympathy for Reggie's plight. "Mr. Reggie's Lawn Cutting Service" quickly took off, with a GoFundMe page raising more than $48,000 and a Twinsburg landscaping service coming to Reggie's home to give him a few tips.
Now, the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Oakwood Village is choosing to honor Reggie in a special way, naming his lawn cutting service its "Business of the Year" for 2018.
"With several helping hands from his cousins, brothers and sisters, they were generally up with the sun every day working in the neighborhood," the church said in a statement. "[Senior Pastor] Dr. Larry Macron and the Mt. Zion Church, along with the United Pastors in Mission believed that the community should support children businesses and encourage them to work hard."
Reggie will receive the award with his family this Sunday at Mt. Zion's 11 a.m. service. We can only assume that, after church, the budding entrepreneur will get right back to work.