Earlier this week, one excited little boy got the chance any aspiring officer could dream of: to check out a real-life police car. According to the Grand Rapids Police Department Facebook page, a local mom named Heidi sent a heartfelt letter to the Michigan police department, thanking an officer for taking the time to talk to her son, Travis.
While driving down the sidewalk in his Power Wheels Police Car, 5-year-old Travis of Grand Rapids, MI, was stopped by Officer Ickes, whose attention was caught by the mini vehicle and decided to drop by to say a quick hello.
“This moment of his time made my son’s day!!” said Heidi.
Officer Ickes then went on to check out all the parts of Travis’s car, as well as offer him some fun badge-shaped stickers. As evident by the pictures provided by Heidi, this boy was overcome with joy.
And then, the story gets even sweeter when the officer decides to drive back up the family’s street in his real squad car. Officer Ickes offered to show Travis inside his car, allowing him to “hit buttons and sit in the front seat!”
Travis, who hopes to become a police officer when he grows up, could not have been more excited, and his mom, Heidi, was truly thankful.
“I wanted you to know how much this extra ten minutes of time meant to my son, and to my husband and I,” she wrote. “His happiness is what we strive for. Thank you, and a huge thank you to Officer Ickes. Our community needs more like him.”
In fact, our world needs more people like him. It’s amazing how just a few minutes of a person’s time can make such an impact. We can only hope that Travis and Officer Ickes get to work side-by-side one day.More On