Boy With Autism Sworn In As Police Officer For Day

An autistic boy was given a unforgettable birthday surprise, as his local police force arrived at his doorstep to ‘swear’ him in as an officer. In the heart-warming footage, Malachi Pavelka can be seen standing to attention as a member of Louisville Metro Police Department swears him in. Repeating the pledge after the office, Malachi stood with his hand raised and couldn’t stop smiling as the rest of the force watched on. The event took place in Lake Dreamland, Louisville, Kentucky, on October 4th – the day of Malachi’s 9th birthday party. It came after his mom, Stacy Pavelka, posted on social media asking if one police officer could surprise her son on his special day. But it was her who was left gobsmacked the following day when 18 officers showed up in their front yard to make Malachi one of their own. Louisville’s community police unit had caught wind of the request and decided to go above and beyond to make Malachi’s day. As well as swearing him in as an officer for the day, officers also brought him a cake with the Louisville Metro Police Department’s logo on it, presented him with a hat, gave him a tour of their police cruiser, and even let him use the car’s siren. Local sheriffs and firefighters also arrived on the scene, and as dozens of surprise guests continued stream in, Stacy was required to move the party from her home to the local fire station. Stacy, 30, said she was left simply speechless watching her son be sworn in, crying at the kindness of those in her community.
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Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  • Date Acquired10-10-2019
  • Date Filmed10-04-2019
  • OrientationVertical
  • Footage TypeCell Phone
  • Rights TV & Digital, Commercial, Publishing

Boy With Autism Sworn In As Police Officer For Day


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