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Police officer helps 8-year-old boy celebrate birthday after no one picks him up from school
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Police officer helps 8-year-old boy celebrate birthday after no one picks him up from school

A Wisconsin police officer treated an 8-year-old boy to an unforgettable birthday celebration Monday after the boy's guardian failed to pick him up from school.

What happened?

  • Officer Darryl Robinson of the Green Bay Police Department responded to a call from a local school, which advised the department that a young boy had been stranded at school pick-up.
  • Adding insult to injury, it was the little boy's 8th birthday.
  • A post on the police department's Facebook page revealed that the boy's parent was jailed.
  • Additional information about the boy's parental situation was not provided.
  • Robinson, instead of taking the boy back to the station, took him to McDonald's for dinner and joyriding in the police cruiser afterward.
  • WBAY-TV reported that the boy's grandparents, who were contacted, gave permission for Robinson to take the child to McDonald's.
  • After the boy's treat, Robinson left the child in the care of family members.
  • During a Wednesday news conference, Robinson addressed the story and said, "It seemed like he was in good spirits. He was playing around. He was excited. It was his birthday."
  • "I brought him to McDonald’s, got him a sandwich. He loved playing with the toy in his Happy Meal," Robinson said.
  • During the news conference, Robinson revealed that the kindness of a police officer had inspired him as a young child.
  • "[Former Green Bay Police Captain Bill] Bongle was there in my neighborhood and he’d bring me to the gas station and we would get candy or whatever," Robinson said. "I think I met him on one of my birthdays when I was younger and he was, he always came around. If I needed someone to talk to or anything he was always there, helping me out. And he’s the reason I wanted to go in law enforcement. I wanted the opportunity to do for another kid [what] he did for me."
  • Robinson added that he has plans to keep in touch with the young boy.
  • "If [the boy] wants to come tour the police station or see more stuff that we have to offer here, like the SWAT vehicle or other emergency vehicles that we have, and play with the lights and sirens, I'd be happy to do that with him," Robinson said.

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