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Buffalo's singing cops to belt out 'My Girl' for Ellen DeGeneres

They're known as Buffalo's "singing cops," and on Monday Police Officers Moe Badger and Michael Norwood Jr. can be seen serenading Ellen DeGeneres on national TV.

"It felt absolutely amazing. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Norwood said after returning from Los Angeles after taping a segment for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Badger and Norwood are partners in the Buffalo Police Department's Housing Unit.

Badger was a professional gospel singer before joining the police force. Norwood describes himself as "a legendary shower singer."

"I have performed in many showers across the country," he said.

Norwood usually kept his vocalizing to himself but one day Badger heard Norwood singing at the gym – and from then on, the pair would bust out in song from time to time.

During the holidays, they were among the "Caroling Cops" who sang Christmas songs at the Walden Galleria, Broadway Market and The Shops at the Market Arcade.

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At first, singing in uniform was a little uncomfortable, Badger said.

"It was very weird for me," he said. "But when I got the OK from my superiors and saw the reaction of the people around, I thought: 'OK, this isn't so bad.' "

They got their first taste of the limelight when a video of them singing along to Shai's "If I Ever Fall in Love" in a barbershop went semi-viral earlier this year.

A few weeks later, they were caught on camera again, this time singing along to a snippet of Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" inside Salsarita's in downtown Buffalo.

It starts with Badger, a natural ham on camera, singing and then coaxing Norwood to join in. He's hesitant at first, and then he belts out the lyrics. That video was viewed more than a quarter million times on Facebook.

Some of their fans suggested they appear on "Ellen."

Then a couple of weeks ago, Badger received a message in his Facebook inbox: DeGeneres wanted them on her show.

In addition to their singing, Badger said, DeGeneres was interested in hearing about an organization they started with Lt. Todd McAlister in 2016 called COPSS – Children Overcoming Police Stereotypes through Sports. That started as a push-up contest with kids, and has morphed into a series of programs for kids, from sneaker giveaways and basketball games between the cops and students.

Badger and Norwood flew out to Los Angeles two weeks ago and were picked up at the airport in a limousine.

DeGeneres interviewed the officers for about 15 minutes and, of course, they sang.

"My Girl" by the Temptations, Badger said.

A cappella.

"She's very nice, very nice," Badger said.

The segment is set to run at 4 p.m. Monday on "Ellen" on WGRZ. A viewing party will be held at that time at the Oakk Room, 1435 Main St.

Norwood said he and his partner relished the opportunity to represent Buffalo.

"We were honored to be a part of something," he said. "We were not only representing ourselves, but the Buffalo Police Department and the city of Buffalo."

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