That evening, I sent an email out to our neighborhood email list asking if we had any police officers who lived in the neighborhood. We have an exceptionally close knit community, and I had high hopes for finding one who could pay Max a visit so he could ask some questions for his project.
With that one email, word spread like wildfire, and before I knew it, the Chief of our city's police department was emailing me to get us in touch with some officers to come out to see Max at home. We set up for them to come this evening, and knew they had a few surprises for Max, but we were not prepared for the outpouring from some of Colorado's finest.
The Sergeant called a few minutes before they were to pull in front of our house to let Max get situated out front. Thank goodness I let our neighborhood know ahead of time this was happening tonight, because I would have been quite concerned to see this many police show up without knowing what was going on.
|They were staging along the outside of the neighborhood to give Max a good surprise.|
|He waited patiently.|
|And then they started down our street with lights and sirens going! It was a parade for Max!|
|Wait, there is a familiar face!|
|Gotham's own Caped Crusader!|
BATMAN!!! (Who happens to be one of the officers who wanted to dress up as Batman for Max.)
|They just kept coming and coming! Our street was empty when they started, and by the time they all parked, there were around 20 Westminster PD vehicles on our street.|
|It definitely brought the neighbors out!|
|Officer Batman talked to Max while the rest of the officers were filing in.|
|The k9 officers came out, and were very excited to see what all the commotion was about. I wish we could borrow them to take care of the bunny infestation in our neighborhood! |
Max was made an honorary police officer, and an official crime stopper. They also presented him with t-shirt, and hat, a squad car model, a badge, and a Bat Mobile.
|Max's friends gathered around at the end and he was very happy to see they were there to share in the fun with him.|
|Max asked the officers questions he's been working on in speech and with his teacher. We may have to have another visit as the project gets closer, but we'll just keep it down to the couple of officers who live in our neighborhood for that.|
We are simply always in awe of the incredible things that happen for him. We are so grateful to the Westminster Police Department, and the neighbors who contacted them on our behalf to make today happen. Usually a turnout like this is for a solemn event, or terrible tragedy. Today, it was in celebration of our son. He may never grow up to be a real police officer, but today they made him feel special, and like he could do anything he sets his mind to.