- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A 5-year-old Grand Rapids boy who wants to be a police officer now looks the part after he received a custom sticker job on his mini cruiser.

Heidi Versluis recently wrote to the Grand Rapids Police Department to thank officer Adam Ickes for spending time with her son, Travis, after he responded to a call in their neighborhood. The officer watched Travis show off his Power Wheels police cruiser and offered him the chance to sit in the front seat of a real police car.

Versluis said in the note that the interaction not only made Travis’ day, it also made his dreams come true.

Versluis’ note and photos of the visit were shared on the Grand Rapids Police Department’s Facebook page. She told The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1qwzfEc ) that the social media post inspired retired Fruitport sign maker Rick Cejmer to create the stickers for Travis’ small car, which now matches the department’s cruisers.

“This just goes to show that giving someone just a few minutes of your time can create a lasting impression and inspire others,” Versluis wrote in a follow-up letter to police. “While Travis may not understand the social media impact of it all, at only five years old he is more motivated now than ever that someday he will drive the real thing.”


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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