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Cops Surprise Lonely Man Who Called 911 on His Birthday

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Man Spending His Birthday All Alone Calls 911 - He Didn't Think Cops Would Show Up

A Boston man received the surprise of a lifetime when police actually showed up.

Most of us know that if you’re ever in an emergency situation, you can call 911 for immediate help. Well for one man, having no one there to help him celebrate his birthday was an emergency. So he called the help line just to hear some well wishes. What he didn't expect was for two police officers to show up.


Making the Call

White and pink covered cake with lightened candle.

White and pink covered cake with lightened candle

Photo by Diliara Garifullina on Unsplash


According to WHDH News in Boston, a local man called 911 on May 2, just after midnight. It was his birthday, and he just wanted someone to wish him a happy birthday.

Initially, the responders thought the call was a joke. Officer Israel Bracho told the outlet he and his partner believed the man was pulling their leg, but then they verified he was telling the truth.

Different states have different penalties for misusing the emergency line. But this time, the police officers took another approach and decided to make the man's day memorable.

“Everyone has one birthday, so everyone deserves to feel special on that day,” Bracho said.

A Big Surprise

On their way to see the man, Chris, Bracho and his partner made a stop to pick up a muffin and candles.

“On our way there, we decided we can’t show up to someone’s house empty-handed. My mother raised me right — she would’ve killed me if I didn’t,” Bracho explained.

The pair showed up just before 1 a.m. with the treat. In the bodycam footage, which was later shared on social media, Chris’ face lit up when he realized the officers were there to celebrate him.

“Oh my God,” he said as the officers sang “Happy Birthday.”

“You guys are awesome,” the now 25-year-old said. “This is more than I could ask for.”

“Don’t eat it all in one sitting,” Bracho joked. “Take it easy, brother; God bless you.”

Spreading Kindness

It’s always heartwarming to hear stories of police officers taking to their communities and spreading kindness like the officers in this story did. We often hear about bad or scary situations, so moments like these are a great reminder that police are there to serve the community in various ways.

This story also reminds us that sometimes it’s easy to be kind and help someone when they need it most. Not everyone has someone to spend a birthday or special occasion with, but by taking the time to remember them — even with a small token — you can make a huge difference in their day.

Everyone deserves to feel special once in a while, and that’s within all of our power to do. All it takes is a smile, a kind gesture, or some nice words to turn another person’s day around. And in a pinch, a muffin will do.

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