A lost balloon, a new balloon and new friends

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As any parent knows, a balloon is a big deal to a four-year-old.

And, as any parent knows, a four-year-old is very disappointed when a balloon gets away from him or her.

This is a story of a boy losing a balloon and gaining so much more.

An unidentified Bismarck mother sent this story to the Bismarck Police Department:

“While my family and I were out for dinner [Tuesday], we ran into your officers enjoying their supper,” she wrote. “During our meal, we spoke with them and they gave our 4-year-old son a junior officer badge. We know one of the officers and, thus, were visiting with him and his colleagues.”

When the family left the restaurant, a balloon the boy had in the car blew away, causing him to become upset.

“Unbeknownst to us, the officers witnessed the event,” the mother wrote. “After arriving home a short time later, we had a knock at our door and visitors for our son.”

The three police officers brought the surprised boy a large police dog balloon and then posed for photos with the four-year-old.

“I wanted to share this with you because I think it is important to recognize all the kind acts our officers do that many people do not hear about,” the mom explained. “This random act of kindness meant a great deal to us and our son. Thank you to all three officers for showing my family the goodness in all people and the value police officers bring to our community. We are lucky to have great people watching out for us!”

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