Anna Banyard had everything planned for her son’s sixth birthday party. She had ordered a party bus for her son Alexander, who has autism and loves buses, but when it didn’t show up to her home, she was afraid the party was going to be ruined and was on the verge of tears.
But the mom’s friend tweeted a plea for help and the Internet didn’t disappoint. Soon officers from the Valley Police department arrived with a riot van and opened it up for the birthday boy and his 21 guests to explore. Anna says Alexander had a blast sitting in the driver’s seat, pressing all the buttons and learning how to turn on the lights and sirens. She calls these officers who saved her son’s birthday “superheroes without capes” and says they “saved the day” for him.
And the officers were glad to be a part of the celebration. “It’s really important that children know we are there to help them and be comfortable in approaching us,” Sergeant Cassandra Oswald explains. “We were happy to make Alexander’s day.”