A little boy in South Carolina had an incredible birthday surprise thanks to his local fire department after his original party ended with a heartbreaking disappointment.
The City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department received a call from a community member concerned about a boy named Cooper when only one friend showed up to his 6th birthday party last Friday.
Cooper’s mom Nicoala Shiflet said her son who suffers from autism has difficulty making friends. But with help from dedicated firefighters, he got to celebrate his birthday twice.
The 6-year-old’s birthday redo came to be known as “Cooper’s Birthday 2.0” and the department shared the experience on Facebook.
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The Beaufort Fire Department wrote:
Firefighters from the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department helped make sure that Cooper had another birthday party with a lot more than 1 friend at his party.
Firefighters picked up Cooper by fire truck after school and brought nearly 75 kids from his school to a bowling alley along with a biker group called Bikers Against Bullies.
Beaufort firefighter Ross Vezin told Yahoo:
“We made arrangements to pick him up from school along with his mom and brother, and we brought him to the bowling alley where we had another engine company there …”
The department also wrote on Facebook:
Firefighters, fire trucks, bikers, friends, cake and presents [were] there waiting to greet him and have a great time!
Community member Natasha Bochenek wrote in the comment section:
When I reached out I expected I would have to jump through a few hoops to make this happen and you had it all squared away in 30 minutes. Outstanding work. It was truly an afternoon to remember!
The department said they’re not done with Cooper’s birthday just yet. Next week they want to surprise him with a fire department T-shirt and tour of the fire station.
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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.