Officer Calls For Backup To Save Birthday For Bullied Kid

A 9-Year-old boy was crying because he missed his bus and then a police officer stepped in to save the day

Grand Rapids, MI – A nine-year-old boy who missed the bus on his birthday got a ride to school and much more from a Grand Rapids police officer who took interest in the boy who said he was bullied and feared no one would show up at his birthday party.

Grand Rapids Police Officer Austin Lynema noticed nine-year-old Thomas Daniel crying as he chased a bus he had missed.

Officer Lynema asked Daniel if he needed help.

Daniel told the officer that he never missed a day of school and that his mother didn’t have a car and that it was the boy’s birthday.

“I saw him running down the sidewalk trying to chase his bus, he was in tears. I tried to stop his school bus for him,” Officer Lynema said, according to the Grand Rapids Press. “He informed me he never missed a day of school. I wanted to make sure I could help him as much as I could.”

As Officer Lynema took Daniel back home to get his mother’s permission to take him to school, Daniel told the officer it was his birthday and he was having a party. But the boy feared that since he was bullied at school, none of his classmates would show up so he invited all the Grand Rapids police officers.

Officer Lynema took the boy to school after getting his mother’s permission and pulled into the school’s parking lot with his lights and sirens on.

When Officer Lynema attended the birthday party, he noticed the only other people were family members of Daniel. And there was no cake.

So on the next day, Officer Lynema brought some fellow officers and surprised Daniel with a follow-up party when he got off the bus. The officers brought a Krispy Kreme donut cake, presents, and a singing quartet, according to the Grand Rapids police.

“People at school are happy for me because Austin … he never lets kids down, he’s a hero,” said Daniel, according to the Grand Rapids Press. “I’ll never forget this until the day I die.”

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Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

This makes my heart so full!!! I love stories like this! We need to see more of this in the world and less of the hate!!!! Great job!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"As Officer Lynema took Daniel back home to get his mother’s permission to take him to school, Daniel told the officer it was his birthday and he was having a party. But the boy feared that since he was bullied at school, none of his classmates would show up so he invited all the Grand Rapids police officers"

This little boy and his family will surely remember this kind officer. Thank you Officer Lynema for going beyond the norm..

sharleon
sharleon

Thank you, Officer Lynema for ALL of your service! God bless you!

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Such a heartwarming story. So great Officer Lynema and all involved 👏💙😉

bryanpratz
bryanpratz

Awesome officer's

Readbetweenthelines
Readbetweenthelines

Happiest of birthdays little Thomas! Bravo to the officers involved

Wish505
Wish505

This officer is a true oath keeper. Salute.

UhO5O
UhO5O

Officer Lynema and all the additional officers participating set a wonderful example for all officers. The impact they made on Thomas's life will be there forever. It not only made an impression on Thomas but all who witnessed it or we're told about it I'm sure. What a wonderful example of those who wear the badge with pride and honor!

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Thank you Officer Lynema and all of the officers who participated in this birthday celebration for Daniel. What an awesome act of kindness.

NancyHmw
NancyHmw

Awesome job Grand Rapids PD. We need more like you! Happy birthday Thomas 🥫

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Beautiful story. Wonder if it made mainstream media since it doesn't fit the narrative they wish to portray.

JBo
JBo

Gives new meaning to the words "Serve and Protect". Class...all the way around!

Check6
Check6

This is why I got into LE.

Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

Outstanding!

Badge204
Badge204

Neither persons will forget. I helped a child during my career also. Retired. We still are friends and stay in contact with each other. Helping to make a difference in a person. Who needed help is why most officers will say, that is why I love my job.

GForce48
GForce48

Great job Officer Lynema!

Mic911
Mic911

Definitely a role model for that young man, this is what being a police officer is all about, going above and beyond!!! Great Job!

Scattered
Scattered

Brought me to tears. I know LEO's are the good guys. But too many do not. Thank you Officers for making this little boys day.

Woobie46
Woobie46

That might be the best and nicest story I've ever read. I almost didn't because I thought the headline might mean that he called one officer over to say "Happy Birthday" with him. But he did SO MUCH MORE! And the child was delighted and he will remember...he'll remember that a white LEO gave him the best birthday ever. And even that isnt' the best part. The best part is that his fellow LEO's helped him give this poor baby a really grand birthday, which he deserves! God Bless You All!

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

This one definitely touch my heart. Daniel, I hope you hold this day in your heart forever and Officer Lynema also. Heroes do wear badges. Especially this hero. Thank you Officer Lynema for making a birthday and a little boys heart believe there are officers out there who are the best!

Deny777
Deny777

Just AWESOME!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Cops who do things like this make me proud to have been a member of that profession for almost 30 years!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Awesome!!!!! I’m sure there are stories like this all over the world that Police do, that go unnoticed. It’s good to expose this type of acts of kindness by police officers or anyone who would take the time and think of others first. Awesome job representing your self character, your department and the rest of us!!!!

SaltyMonkey
SaltyMonkey

Damn. I feel good about life right now after reading this amazing story thx

HB1
HB1

Great Job!!!

pixiepup
pixiepup

This was so nice! I love that the officer went out of his way to make a super birthday for this little boy! So sad he is bullied!

$franlat_1
$franlat_1

Great job brothers and sisters It shows the professionalism of a great officer. You make us proud brother!

User 69
User 69

Wonderful Blue. Thx

Browndog
Browndog

Beautiful!

1Starhoosier
1Starhoosier

It cost him nothing but the price of a birthday cake and he gained the admiration of a little boy. He made God smile, I just know it. And he'll get to hear God say "Well done, good and faithful servant" I pray a hedge of protection around this officer and that little boy. I pray God puts lots more people in his path and life to help him along the way. That there is someone who does something good for him everyday and shows him that it's good to be alive.

vwiles34
vwiles34

Great job. These are the kind of things officers across the country do on a daily basis. I only wish they were the stories that made the headlines.

kgolfinghawaii
kgolfinghawaii

Great job! Just going to add a bit of negativity though, where is that POS burgers and his so well thought out comments? Sorry I noticed it hasn't commented on an obviously fantastic story.

Yayabeachbrat
Yayabeachbrat

Thank you, Officer... You are definitely an Angel... Your kindness and compassion for this child could be what saves his life later... Suicide by bullied children are on the rise and we are all responsible to help in any way possible... Amen

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

loved this story. thanks to the officers who made this childs birthday one he will never forget

Thin Line Supporter
Thin Line Supporter

Oh my gosh that is priceless. I am happy this world is this kind.

TheGreatPNW
TheGreatPNW

Stories like this will never make MSM. Thank you officer. You are a champion

Skycop
Skycop

This is how you build trust and friendships on the street. Supreme KUDOS to Officer Lynema and his partners for helping a little kid have a brighter day and a lasting memory.