Ogden police officer Katelyn Abrego was filling out a report when she and her partner Jared Nielsen got a call of a disturbance on the north side of town.
They responded and arrived at the residence to find two adult sisters in a heated conflict. After separating them, during the subsequent investigation, the officers learned the family’s young girl was celebrating her eighth birthday. The daughter confirmed it, and the dispute had put a real damper on that.
“That didn’t exactly sit well with us that she wasn’t having a traditional birthday party,” Officer Abrego told The Epoch Times. “Her mom explained she wasn’t able to provide her a cake or anything that day, the day of her birthday, and then on top of it, this dispute happened.”
The officers decided to help her celebrate her eighth birthday, and called up a colleague, Officer Joseph Wilson, and asked if he would drop by the store to pick up a few things.
“He stopped off at a Walmart and picked up a cake for her,” Officer Abrego said.
On Officer Wilson’s arrival, Abrego snapped a few photos as they lit candles and presented the cake to the little girl and her family outside their home.
“We began singing Happy Birthday to the girl. She was very happy, she was ecstatic,” Abrego said, adding that the family was “very grateful.”
“It’s not highly unusual … whether it was a birthday, maybe it was something that happened on Christmas that ruined a family’s Christmas, there’s a myriad of various things,” they said. “Law enforcement today is a little bit more open with those things because of social media, and so there’s a lot of those things that just don’t get reported.
“Officers are doing a lot of these things regularly, and its just that either the story just doesn’t get carried, or the message doesn’t get out there.
“Especially with Ogden Police Department, this isn’t an extremely rare anomaly.”