Boy’s birthday party was looking a little lonesome so police & firefighters join the fun

Police and firefighters aren't just there to arrest and save people, they're also there to look out for the community
July 2, 2018 10:22 am Last Updated: July 2, 2018 10:22 am

It’s a police officer’s duty to look out for the people in his community. But sometimes, that job isn’t about saving lives or stopping crimes—it’s just about making someone’s bad day a little better.

That was the case recently in Russellville, Arkansas. A teen named Bradley Butler was about to celebrate his 15th birthday, and decided to celebrate in style, inviting all of his friends to one of his favorite spots, The Garage Arcade.


Bradley sent out invites weeks in advance—but when the day arrived on June 3, barely anyone showed up.

“We had about 30 people R.S.V.P but only three people showed; two of Bradley’s friends and one adult,” Bradley’s father Ben told KARK.

It was a disappointing turnout for the teen’s birthday party.

But Ben decided to call in some reinforcements to turn the party around.


Only a small handful of the invited guests made it to the party—but suddenly, the arcade was full of people, showing up in full force for Bradley’s big day.

Local police and firefighters showed up to the party!

“Next thing I knew we had about eight officers, seven patrol cars, the Russellville Fire Department,” Ben said.

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It was a total surprise to Bradley, who didn’t know what to make of the police force suddenly filling the arcade.

“We were laughing because we used so many coins we thought they were coming to arrest us for it,” Bradley said.

But instead, his father had called in a favor from a friend in the Russellville Police Department—who were happy to show up and turn the day around.

“He called me and told me what was going on with Bradley’s birthday party,” Sgt. Mark Frost said.

“Kids’ birthdays are probably their most important day other than Christmas, and they need to celebrate with people.”


Normally when you throw a party you don’t want the police to show up—but for Bradley, it was a silver lining what could have been a disappointing birthday.

“It made me sad, but I had all my close friends with me, so that’s all I needed,” Bradley said.

He added that he’s planning to invite them all again next year.