10-year-old Breaeh Rios of Hermiston danced her way to 2nd place in a competition in Couer d’Alene this last weekend. Rios is performing a law enforcement tribute dance throughout the Northwest and hoping to make it to nationals.
Rios is a competitive dancer and the daughter of Umatilla Jail Corporal Panfilo Rios and Kelley Rios. This year she chose to do a police tribute at competition, specifically dancing and competing for Officer Anthony Dia with Toledo Police Department in Ohio, who was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance. According to her mother, when Breaeh was asked by her choreographer why she wanted to compete with such an eye-opening back the blue dance, Breaeh simply stated for my dad. Her father and grandfather are both in law enforcement.
Rios came across Officer Dia’s story while doing some research and immediately wanted to dance for him because he is a hero she said. Her music selection begins with a talk about Officer Dia from a news standpoint then flows into her music, ending with Officer Dia’s last radio call.
A statement on the Umatilla County Sheriffs office social media page says, “Breaeh, we are so proud of your bravery, your compassion and your support. Keep dancing, keep smiling.”