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“Dear Waterford police officers..."
Isaiah McLoughlin had endured far too many speeding cars blasting by his house every morning, so he did what many citizens do in such cases: He filed a complaint with local police.
What's not so typical here is that McLoughlin is only 9 — and the third-grader penned the complaint in his own handwriting:
“Dear Waterford police officers,” McLoughlin begins, noting that “every morning when I wait for my bus, cars and trucks are speeding. It makes me feel unsafe. Please call my grandmother...so we can talk about the situation.” The letter is signed, “Your friend Isaiah McLoughlin.”
McLoughlin's "been talking about it to me for months,” said Millie Mell, his grandmother and primary guardian. She told ABC News of the speeders that “fly” down their residential road clocking as much as 60 m.p.h.
“I said, ‘Alright Isaiah, maybe you should write a letter to the police yourself and tell them about the speeders.’”
And when police in Waterford, Conn., received McLoughlin's plea for action, they were impressed — and hopped right to it.
Lieut. Brett Mahoney told TheBlaze on Thursday that McLoughlin got quite specific in his message, noting to "call me after 4 p.m." to discuss the matter (which isn't visible on the available image of his letter).
Officer Nicole VanOverloop was dispatched to his house on Tuesday to chat about the speeding cars.
McLoughlin was already familiar with VanOverloop because she's the town’s youth officer and has been to his school, noted WTIC-TV in Hartford, Conn. VanOverloop told McLoughlin that police would start speed enforcement the next day... and they did.
Mell and McLoughlin were impressed by the officer stationed on their street with a radar gun. "He was a very busy man," Mell told ABC News. "He just kept going back and forth with his lights on, pulling people over."
“It’s a very good life lesson,” Mell told WTIC. “If you have a problem with something there’s almost always some out there who can help you figure out a solution to it. You have to be polite, then listen.”
McLoughlin told a WTIC reporter in a hilarious follow-up interview ending the segment below that that he plans to parlay his newfound clout by taking the one town office where he'll have the ear of police every single day: Mayor.
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Sr. Editor, News
Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News.