Police officers surprise boy with new toy gator tractor after his old one was stolen
Tempe police officers made a little boy’s day by surprising him with a new toy gator tractor after his old one was stolen earlier this month.
“Our officers answered a family’s prayers this morning by gifting 4 year old Gerald a new Gator after his was stolen a couple weeks ago,” officers said in a Twitter post on April 24.
Officers answer a family’s prayers by gifting 4 year old Gerald a new Gator after his was stolen a couple weeks ago. Get more info and more pics on our Instagram and Facebook page. @Walmart @ToaAz pic.twitter.com/waG2Ym0xcA
— Tempe Police (@TempePolice) April 24, 2021
Police said Peter Philbrook, the boy’s father, had posted to Facebook asking for help after the battery-powered tractor was stolen from their apartment complex. Philbrook said he and his son Gerald had bonded over it and was willing to sell whatever he could to come up with the reward money.
Steffanie Philbrook, Gerald’s mother, said, “It was really sad seeing him so hurt. He would draw pictures and tell stories of when he had his gator and why was it gone.”
Gerald and his father found the old gator propped up on the side of a garbage can and together, they fixed it up.
“He thought he was just coming out to meet some friends at the park. Little did he know he was meeting some adult friends here to make a kid’s day,” his mother said.
Brooks says just seeing Gerald smile made his day too and this will always be a very special memory.
“We deal with so many negative things in the world and there is so much negativity. Just to be able to bring some joy is awesome. It’s a good feeling,” Brooks said.