What did you want to be when you grew up? Not too long ago, most kids might answer that question with police officer or firefighter. These days, professional athlete tops the list. Police officer is still in the running, but only for about 1.5 percent of the kids in America. That's still pretty good, though, and puts it well above some other answers from a recent survey, such as mattress tester, ninja warrior, and kitty cat.
A story like this might just get a few more kids on board. At the very least, it's definitely sold one kid on the matter already. Angela Andrews' son, Toxey, like so many kids, was feeling pretty let down by the response rate on his birthday invitations. Specifically, nobody was coming to his party. This is hard for a child, as you might imagine.
Angela posted about this sad occurrence on Facebook, probably just to vent. She didn't expect it to go as far as it did. A huge number of people saw the post and shared it. Eventually, one of these shares found its way to an Arkansas State Trooper. He contacted some of his fellow officers and they got to planning.
It's hard to believe this smiling face went through such an unpleasant experience.
When his mom found out, she took to Facebook, mostly just to get some frustrations out. It turned out her plea, to nobody in particular, did not fall on deaf ears.
Just two days later, Cpl David Frothman and troopers Terry Sawyer, Kyle Sheldon, Brandon Cook, and Tim Callison arrived at Angela's front door and inquired about Toxey. At first, the family was a little nervous. Then they found out exactly why these state troopers had turned up on their doorstep. It was for Toxey's birthday!
He got a cookie cake!
And the troopers all brought him some pretty awesome presents.
He even got to wear a real state trooper hat, ride in the car with the siren on, and hang out with a real live police dog.
Suffice it to say, Toxey had pretty much the best birthday a 10-year-old could hope for, thanks to the selfless generosity of four kind-hearted men in uniform. It's a different kind of heroics than people usually associate with the police, but it's every bit as important.
As Toxey's mom, Angela, said, "They made this sweet baby’s day, his year! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will never be able to repay the kindness you showed my family today!"
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H/T: Angela Andrews