A three-year-old boy with autism ended up having the best birthday of his young life due to the selfless efforts of several Yukon police officers.
The mother of Brayden Fox had planned a birthday party for her autistic son on Saturday but it appeared that no one was going to come.
“A lot of people said they were coming to his birthday party and then we canceled since we didn’t know if anyone was going to show up or not,” said Terra Hubbard, Brayden’s mom.
A friend of hers decided to make a call to the police station and apprise them of the situation and that call set in motion a Saturday afternoon fun-fest for Brayden that any other party could not have matched.
It wasn’t long before several Yukon police rolled up in their patrol cars to help the youngster celebrate his special day.
“For those officers to come out and let him play in their cars, that was amazing,” Hubbard said. “I’m pretty emotional when it comes to my son and I was just in so much shock.”
The officers brought stuffed animals and let Brayden turn on the siren in their patrol cars.
“They gave him a bracelet that says ‘Lives Do Matter’ and a badge for his shirt,” Hubbard said. “They played with him inside and came outside and ran and played with him. I’ve never seen anything like it. I know they stay busy and for them to take the time out of their day, especially that many officers, I was just shocked.
“After the police left I didn’t really care if we had a birthday party or not. He’s only three and he’s still talking about it.”
To thank the officers, Hubbard has posted signs around Yukon saying: “Yukon police – thanks for being there for Brayden.” She also plans to bake some cakes and cookies because “that’s the only thing I can do to thank them.”