Officer Surprises Boy With New Halloween Costume After House Fire
When he saw how devastated the boy was when he found out he lost his costume in the blaze, he knew he had to help out.
Witnessing your family's house burn down is traumatic stuff - especially for a six-year-old.
Last week, a family's RV in North Carolina burst into flames when they were out taking their son, Damon, to school. They lost all of their personal belongings in the fire, including Damon's Batman Halloween costume. Obviously, the family was devastated, and Damon was especially upset that he lost his costume.
After the fire, a deputy sheriff who wanted to make sure Damon had a Halloween that was as normal as possible, surprised the boy with a brand new costume. It was the same costume that he had lost in the fire, complete with all of the superhero accessories.
"I got a utility belt, and a cape and a mask," Damon told WLOS-TV . "He's my favorite super hero."
Captain Tim Griffin of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office said that he was moved to buy the boy a new costume after seeing how upset he was after the fire.
"I've seen a lot in the past, and this, just to see kids without, it really bothers you," Capt. Tim Griffin of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office said.
The fire department shared the kind act to Facebook along with a few photos of a grinning Damon in his new Batman suit.
The department wrote, "We want to give a big shout out to Henderson County Sheriff's Office, Hendersonville North Carolina especially Capt Tim Griffin . EFD responded to a fire where the family lost all of their belongings. The little boy at the fire was upset that his Batman costume was lost in the fire. Tim Griffin went out and bought him a new one even making sure that it had a utility belt with it as this is what the little boy talked about so much. It is the small things that can make such a difference in someones day. #Superheropower "
People in the community commented on the post and praised Griffin's quick action to make the boy feel better.
One user wrote, "Tim has always had a heart of gold! Our law enforcement and fire and rescue department are all amazing in this country!"
Another person commented, "Wonderful example of community in action to help others. This officer is going beyond the call duty. Thank you for your service to your community and helping a young man with what matters to him."
Griffin followed up with a comment of his own. He thanked everyone for their kind responses and praised the quick action of the fire department for keeping the fire contained.
"Thank you so much for the very nice recognition. Sure didn't expect it," he wrote. "I just wanted the little boy to have his Halloween to be as normal as possible after losing everything he had."
(Source: images Edneyville Fire & Rescue Facebook )