The Walton County Police Department received an unusual 911 call on Thanksgiving, but instead of responding to a domestic dispute, a Florida youngster decided to invite the local officers to eat Thanksgiving dinner with him and his family.
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“With all the bad calls we take on a daily basis this one was a welcomed happy call that made all of us smile,” said Monica Webster, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office lead communications officer. The young boy who was only identified as Billy was apparently unaware that the 911 line was for emergencies only.
Considering most calls that 911 dispatchers receive are from people in a state of distress, the call was a pleasant deviation from reality and the officers were reminded even though they can’t physically be with their families, they are still being thought of.
A post on Walton County Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.’s Facebook page acknowledge the act of kindness. The post read, “A little boy melted all the hearts in Walton County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center today.”
Officers couldn’t make it to Billy’s house for dinner, but Damon Byrd and Deputy Aaron Ethridge stopped by Billy’s house Thursday to pay “a special visit” to deliver a sheriff’s badge to the police-loving kid. The two deputies posed for photos with Billy and let him sit in their patrol car.
The Facebook post concluded, “While we do not encourage this use of 911 … we are so honored at the invitation. Thank you, Billy, for making all of our days here at WCSO. Love What Matters #LoveWhatMatters.”
The young boy understood that men and women around the world are unable to attend thanksgiving with their families as they are protecting citizens domestic and abroad. It’s nice to see that they’re not forgotten and are kept in our thoughts as we spend the time with family.