” After a family’s Christmas presents were stolen, Lexington police officers who responded to the call found a way to make sure the family would still have a good Christmas.
Jason Rothermund, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Bluegrass Lodge, said the officers, Tim Ball, James Dellacamera and Benjamin Blank, contacted the organization and asked if there was money left over from their annual event, Shop with A Cop, in which officers take children in Lexington out shopping for presents.
Rothermund said they did have leftover funds, which were then used to buy gifts for the family.
” These officers took the initiative to go above and beyond what they normally do,” he said.
The original Christmas gifts were recovered later the same day they were stolen, but the officers took the kids shopping for more presents because they didn’t have a lot originally, said police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts.
Christina Edwards, 28, has custody of her nieces, Jaylin Beeman, 6, and Destiny Edwards, 4 months, and her nephew, Brayden Edwards, 3. She is raising them by herself.
When the officers came back later saying they wanted to take the kids shopping, Edwards was thrilled.
” I felt very blessed that somebody would want to help,” she said.
Edwards said the officers had $300 to spend on the kids, and the kids had a great time shopping for their gifts at Meijer. Brayden and Jaylin each got pajamas, clothes and shoes. Brayden got a SWAT team badge, helmet and gun, as well as a soccer ball and other toys. Jaylin picked out Barbie dolls and a Barbie jeep.
Rothermund said the most important thing about what the officers did is that they didn’t have to do it, they wanted to.
” This is the type of story that makes me proud to be a police officer,” he said. “It’s why people become police officers.” “