BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - A Bryant boy got the surprise of his life at his fifth birthday party when several officers showed up for the celebration.
William Snead just turned 5 on Dec. 1. His mother, Stephanie Snead, asked her son what he wanted for his birthday. William said he wanted policemen to come to his party. Stephanie called it a long shot, but her son reached out to the Bryant Police Department anyway.
“We reached out to them just to see if they’d come hang out and have a good time,” said Stephanie. “He loves police officers, and he wants to be one when he grows up.”
Bryant PD Public Information Officer, Sgt. Todd Crowson, didn’t let the email go unnoticed. He and a group of officers instantly said they’d go, but they didn’t want to show up to William’s party empty-handed.
Several officers went to the party, arrived with blue lights and sirens sounding, singing "William Happy Birthday" over the intercoms.
“It's just absolutely amazing,” Snead said. “We see the police officers in the community all the time and he's always pointing them out. This was nothing short of amazing.”
The birthday boy’s wish came true, but officers brought another surprise.
“Our FOP decided to buy him his own motorized police car,” said Crowson. "It has working lights, a siren, a PA system. I saw the system and thought his mom and dad are going to love us for this.”
Since his birthday Saturday, William has spent a lot of time in the streets, honking his horn, blowing his whistle and sounding his siren.
"He's constantly talking about, 'Momma, the police came to see me and they brought me this car,'” said Snead. “They made my son’s day.”
Snead said her son is now an honorary Bryant police officer and created a friendship that can never be broken.
"It's just one of the ways we try to connect and communicate with the public especially the younger generation,” said Crowson.