YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY)– The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office helped a local 4-year-old have a birthday he won’t soon forget!
On September 14, Jen Gallagher Coultas inquired on the York County 411 Facebook page:
“Does anyone know of a program or a way to have a police officer come with a car to a child’s birthday party for fifteen to twenty minutes and do a demo of the car and maybe let the kids get a photo?”Jen Gallagher Coultas
The post went on to explain that her son was turning 4 years old in November and that he wants to be a police officer. The mom asked if it was allowed for an off-duty officer to show up at her son’s party.
Sergeant Eric Hart responded to the post saying he’d love to come out.
On Saturday, the child’s mom posted to the same Facebook page detailing how Sergeant Eric Hart along with other members of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office showed up “BIG TIME” for her son’s birthday party.
“We had no idea they were going to be that many cars and that many officers. It was more than I could have ever asked for,” Coultas said.
Everyone was surprised and Carter was a bit confused.
“In the video, you can clearly hear him say ‘why?’ at some point and we were trying to explain to him that they were there for him and he’s like ‘why?'”
Eventually, he warmed up to the idea. She said the surprise made his birthday one to remember.
“He’s tearing up. I’m crying. We were a big mess because we knew how much this meant to Carter,” Coultas said.
So for a few moments, Saturday afternoon Carter’s dream came true.
“For these men and women to just take time out of their day and come say hi to a four-year-old at his birthday party and share their cars and share their stories and everything with them, Thank you is pretty much all I have but it is not enough. You know these are men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day and for them to just take the time out meant the world to our family,”Jen Gallagher Coultas
Jen said the officers only stayed for about a half an hour, but she knows it is something Carter will never forget.