A Meridian 3-year-old who loves police cars got a special surprise for his birthday from Officer Tyler Marston.
Roman Rodriguez, who turned 3 on Wednesday, gets excited about everything to do with police: cars, sirens and officers. So, his mother Sarah Rodriguez hoped to make his day special introducing him to a police officer, she said.
Officer Tyler Marston stepped up and actually came to meet Roman in-person at his birthday party Saturday with a gift of toy cars and his police dog, Dory, according to Deputy Chief of Police Tracy Basterrechea.
Though Roman is a typically shy boy, he warmed up quickly to Marston, Rodriguez said.
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“(Marston) gave him the police force set of Matchbox cars and then Roman was his best friend,” Rodriguez said.
Marston stayed at the party for about an hour, showing the kids at the party police equipment, his patrol vehicle and the sirens, she said.
“It made the party so much better. The kids loved it and were talking about it all night,” she said.
Officers regularly give tours of the station or head out to meet families at birthday parties — about twice a month — but they rarely seek out attention for it, Basterrechea said.