When No One Showed Up To An Autistic Teen's Party, First Responders Stepped In

It's always encouraging when a sad situation gets turned into a joyous one.


Bradley Butler was feeling sad, at his own 15th birthday party, when only a couple of the friends who had RSVP'd to the arcade party actually showed up. Bradley, who has autism, got to hang out with two of his friends—but his dad Ben decided to take action to make Bradley's party even bigger than originally planned.

Ben got in touch with a longtime friend of his named Justin Conway, an officer with the local police department. From there, things happened pretty quickly to give Bradley an unforgettable birthday party.

"Several patrol cars began to show up" at the arcade, Ben remembers. The police officers joined in on the fun—and it didn't stop there.

As the police department shared in a Facebook post after the event, the officers extended invitations to the fire department as well! And following the patrol cars, fire engines arrived at Bradley's party to celebrate the birthday boy.

Now those are some good friends. "I'm just grateful that he's happy," Ben says of his newly 15-year-old son.

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