In Marshall County, a special needs student and a school resource officer have formed a very special friendship.
Because of the coronavirus, students aren't able to have the typical birthday celebrations in the classroom.
So, Brindlee Mountain Primary's school resource officer thought outside the box for the birthday celebrations with his friend.
Normally the thought of getting into an officer's car isn't fun, but for Cadence Helmick it was the best birthday present he could ask for.
“I let him go out and see the car, sit in the car, we went for a ride, he got to mash the buttons, play with the lights and the sirens, and just the look on his face knowing how excited he was to have that opportunity to do something that he’d never got to do before," said Officer Brad Ford, Brindlee Mountain Primary school resource officer.
"It made that birthday special.”
Cadence goes to Brindlee Mountain Primary and has special needs. He used to be scared of police, but this school year a new resource officer started at the school and changed that.
Cadence said he gets excited whenever he sees "Officer Brad."
Every day Officer Ford visits Cadence's classroom. Ford encouraged Cadence to play with his flashlight and gear. It helped Cadence become more comfortable.
“I try to make a special trip through there to impact those kids as well as everyone else," said Ford.
Cadence said "Officer Brad" is his best friend.
For Cadence's 7th birthday on Tuesday, Ford surprised him with a ride in his patrol car. Ford told WAAY 31 this is one example of how school resource officers can have a positive impact on students.
“The biggest blessing of the job is when you get some positive and that’s a lot of positive whenever you get to see the little kids smile," he said. "It makes it all worth it.”