Cops, EMTs make foster child’s birthday special

Published 4:37 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Friday afternoon, a 7-year-old who is currently in the foster care system got a huge surprise as he was treated to a birthday party, complete with making slime and meeting officers, with emergency service providers and firefighters.

County director, Jackie Bridges said DFCS has wanted to have birthday parties for the children for some time now, and this particular kid seemed like the perfect one to throw a party for.

He is currently in a transition phase and has been in the system for two years.

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The party also gave DFCS workers a chance to help him overcome his fears. He was scared of officers in uniform, due to past traumatic experiences, but through the party Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, Decatur County Fire and Rescue and others were able to provide him with fun, memorable moments.

The party was located at the DFCS office. Breeden Construction was one of the attendees and gave presents to each officer in uniform to present to the boy.

The young boy was so excited and had the chance to see the equipment used inside ambulances; EMS brought him inside the party on a gurney, which was all by his own request.

Van Eakin from Decatur County EMS said it’s very rare they get to do something like this, but they enjoyed it immensely.

“It was very special for us to get to be a part of this young man’s special day,” he said. “It was a blessing for us just as much as it was for him to be able to be a part of his birthday party.”

Eakin said they often are involved in community outreach programs, such as Touch a Truck, but this is probably only the second or third time they’ve been to a party, and it is something they are always happy to do, if time allows.

Other attendees included Grace Church’s pastor, Amy Eakin from the Oak House, members of CASA and 20 kids from the church.

Bridges said the boy was very excited and they were happy they could acknowledge this special day and make it memorable for him.

Bridges also purchased material to make slime and was covered in the goo by the end of the day, but to her it was worth it.

“By the end of the day, he was interacting with everyone and had overcome his fear,” Bridges said.