A child from a local Wisconsin elementary school was left alone at school on October 23, 2017, which happened to be the young boy’s 8th birthday. At the end of the day, a parent did not show to pick him up and the school was unable to immediately get in contact with any other family members.
As a result, the Green Bay Police Department was called and one officer, Darryl Robinson, offered to go pick up the child from school. Authorities determined that the mother was incarcerated; it is unclear where the father is.
Fortunately, they were able to contact the boy’s grandfather. Before dropping him off with family, Officer Robinson decided to give him a special birthday surprise.
Robinson took the boy out for a ride in the police car, a new experience for the child; he had never rode in a police car before. The two also went to McDonald's to enjoy a cheeseburger, thanks to coupons the department receives from the fast food restaurant.
Before they said their final goodbyes, the 8-year-old boy even received a present from the department. Police officers gave him Packers cards and a police tattoo. The boy was “very excited” and “in good spirits.”
This is not the first time Officer Robinson ran into the young boy. They had met before with a previous contact involving the family; specific details were not given.
According to WBAY News, Robinson had a similar situation from his childhood. When he was a kid, a police officer, that he also met on his birthday, would take him to the gas station for candy and just talk to him when he needed a friend. These moments encouraged Robinson to pursue law enforcement and has dedicated his life to giving back to the community.
Robinson reportedly plans to keep in touch with the boy, “I wanted the opportunity to do for another kid that [the officer] did for me.”
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