“It is not just about catching criminals and fighting bad guys, it’s also about service to our community.”

By Meghan Overdeep
May 22, 2019

Police officers in Charleston, West Virginia, know that there are many ways to be a hero. And over the weekend that meant saving a little boy’s birthday party.

Mom Katijo Zornes told KTRK that she sent out 50 invitations to her son Cameron’s preschool friends for his 5th birthday party at a neighborhood park on Saturday. But when the day came, the only child who showed up was his cousin.

Discouraged, Zornes invited the community to stop by on Facebook.

The post caught the eye of Sgt. Steven “Matt” Webb, who talked to his shift commander and recruited additional officers to surprise Cameron. “C-Shift’s Shift Commander, Lt. Harrison, approved this mission without hesitation,” the police department later wrote on Facebook.  

So, with their blue lights flashing, four police cruisers drove up to the little boy’s party.

"He came running over towards us and we gave him his birthday presents and he lit up as much as our lights did," Webb told KTRK. Cameron even got to sit in a patrol car and play with the lights.

"Grateful is not a word,” Zornes told KTRK. “He went from crying because no one showed up to having a ball and I was crying because everyone showed up.”

In the end, Kanawha County EMTs and the Marmet Fire Department, plus numerous parents and children from the community also took part in the celebration.

“That’s what I love about police work,” Sgt. Webb said. “It is not just about catching criminals and fighting bad guys, it’s also about service to our community.”

Happy birthday, Cameron!

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