Officers replace little boy’s stolen toy tractor: “…even put stickers on it from my best friend who passed away in December

TEMPE, AZ– Tempe, Arizona police officer’s and community members helped make a little boy’s day after they replaced a toy that was stolen from him. reported several weeks ago that Peter Philbrook shard on Facebook that his four-year-old son Gerald’s battery-operated gator tractor was stolen from his truck. Peter also noted, as any parent would, that the theft not only hurt his son, but it hurt him as well. 

He stated:

“My heart just sank, just like why would someone do that? I would have been happier if they had taken my truck,” 

This was not just any toy however, Peter and his son built it together, and had memorable father-son bonding time while doing it. 

Steffanie Philbrook, Gerald’s mother said:

“You could definitely tell that it was really hard on him. He’d ask, ‘Why would someone do that to me?’”

Peter took to Facebook to explain that officers called their home, but got their answering machine. On the machine, they noted that it would be very difficult for them to find the toy tractor, but the department would like to replace it instead. 

Peter said:

“Our son already has a very high level of admiration and love for Police, Firemen and women and EMTs, so when the Sergeant offered this, I felt like this would be a life changing moment for my son that I couldn’t say no to.”

Facebook posts went on to say that the tractor meant the world to this little boy.

Part of the post read:

“He even put stickers on it from my best friend who passed away in December and his favorite sticker from his grandma that was a peace sign. He said then everyone who sees him coming will know he comes in peace and not to worry,”

When Tempe Police Sgt. Andrew Brooks heard what happened, he and fellow officers began searching for the missing tractor.

Unfortunately, they were unable to locate it, but teamed up with Walmart and the Tempe Officers Association to purchase another one for Gerald.

The department shared a video of the touching moment when Brooks and other officers surprised the little boy with the gift:


Brooks told him:

“I decided that you deserved one, and decided that you probably shouldn’t know about bad guys and people stealing stuff,” 

More pics from today’s Gator event…

Posted by Tempe Police Department on Saturday, April 24, 2021

Breitbart reported that the officers also gave Gerald a license plate with his name on it and a peace sign sticker.

The boy was overjoyed, and told the officer:

“Thank you!”


“This is like, exactly cooler than my other one. Wow.”

Brooks said that the moment was equally emotional for him.

He concluded by saying:

“I get emotional, I’m an emotional guy. It just filled me with a lot of joy. We need to all realize there is love in the world,” 

Recently, Law Enforcement Today reported on how police officers from several different states joined together to make one girls Easter extra special. Here is more on that story. 

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CONNECTICUT– On Saturday, April 3rd, State Police units from three different states joined together in a team effort to make one girls Easter extra special, after she suffered a devastating tragedy.

Several months ago, New Hampshire state troopers met a young girl named Eyvie, after she tragically lost both of her parents in two separate accidents.  

New Hampshire troopers wanted to do something special for Eyvie, however they were unable to make the trip to Connecticut, where she currently is. New Hampshire troopers teamed up with officers from Massachusetts and Connecticut to help them make a very special delivery to Eyvie. 

The Connecticut State Police took to their Facebook page to say how honored they were to be able to participate in such a wonderful act of kindness, and shared the video of the delivery. 

The Facebook Post read:

“We would like to thank our state police neighbors to the north for including us on this very special assignment which took place today!
“Today, the New Hampshire State Police coordinated the surprise delivery of a very special package to young Eyvie. New Hampshire State Troopers met Eyvie a few months ago when she tragically lost both of her parents in separate incidents.
“The New Hampshire State Police weren’t able to make the trip to Connecticut, but they wanted to make sure a few special presents made their way to their friend Eyvie.
New Hampshire State Troopers passed Eyvie’s gifts to our friends at the Massachusetts State Police who then met with Connecticut State Troopers from the Traffic Services Unit, Public Information Office, and the Connecticut D.A.R.E. Program to coordinate the delivery to Eyvie this morning.
“We are honored to have been given the opportunity to take part and meet Eyvie. She is an amazingly strong and resilient girl and we were honored she shared her bright smile with us this morning!”


This effort from all three state departments was clearly worth it, as Eyvie can be seen in the video visibly excited with each and every thing she opens. 

Connecticut police chief writes to town council to oppose flying Blue Line flag during National Police Week

April 1, 2021

The following editorial is written by a retired police officer and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

SOUTH WINDSOR, CT- On January 23, 1999, East Hartford police officer Brian Aselton, a native of South Windsor, Connecticut was shot and killed in the line of duty. On September 2, 2018, Sgt. Matthew Manieri of the South Windsor Police Department was killed in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina while trying to break up a fight at a local bar.

One might think that having two native sons, both respected police officers, killed in the line of duty might get them some recognition. Not in South Windsor.

The Manchester Journal Inquirer reports that the South Windsor Town Council, based on the police chief’s “reservations” scrapped an idea to fly the Thin Blue Line flag during the upcoming National Police Week in May.

As would be expected, four of the council’s Democrats went along with Chief Kristian Lindstrom’s opposition to flying the flag, which is typically displayed to honor police officers across the country who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Such as Off. Aselton and Sgt. Manieri of his OWN department less than three years ago.

Conversely, the council’s three Republicans and one Democrat voted in favor of the resolution to fly the flag at the Wapping Community House at Four Corners—which is the intersection of Route 30, Sullivan Avenue and Buckland Road in town, an extremely busy area where the flag would have gotten the recognition it deserves.

In order to give the four Democrat council members who feel it is inappropriate to recognize line of duty deaths the recognition they “deserve,” they are: Erica Evans, Cesar Lopez, Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Pendleton and Mayor Andrew Paterna.

Those who support the police and voted in favor were Republicans Lisa Maneeley, the Republican Minority Leader, and councilors Janice Snyder and Phil Koboski. Karen Lydecker was the only Democrat to vote in favor of flying the flag, according to the paper. Since the resolution ended in a 4-4 tie, it failed to pass.

The down vote came partially at the behest of Chief Lindstrom, who chose political correctness over supporting his rank and file police officers, many of whom worked with Sgt. Manieri and who no doubt supported the resolution.

Lindstrom had sent a letter to the town council which was read aloud at the meeting.

Lindstrom said he appreciated the gesture, however said he had reservations because “not everyone embraces the Thin Blue Line as a symbol of benevolence.”

The chief is correct.

Black Lives Matter and Antifa are among those who do not “embrace” the Thin Blue Line flag because they buy into and perpetrate the false narrative that ALL police are systemically racist goons who go out on patrol each day with the intention of seeing how many people of color they can oppress, and if they’re “lucky” maybe even get to shoot one.

Those are their words, not mine.

“One of the tenets of our longstanding mission statement is to respect the rights of individuals and with that in mind, this agency also recognizes that the Thin Blue Line symbol can be upsetting to some members of the community and flying that particular flag at Four Corners could have several unintended consequences,’ Lindstrom wrote.

So, by Lindstrom’s “logic,” there are also a number of people who are opposed to the American flag, and believe it represents white supremacy and white privilege.

Does Lindstrom hold the same opinion of our American symbol, a flag over which hundreds of thousands of Americans have bled and died for? Is he likewise opposed to flying the American flag at Four Corners, since that flag is also “upsetting to some?”

Lindstrom continued, “Our goal day in and day out, is to maintain peace and harmony within the community,” he added.

He noted that he needs to think about all the residents of South Windsor and respect everyone’s rights.

“I thought it could be viewed as controversial,” he said. “I fear it would be a divisive gesture.”

We are fairly certain that the chief didn’t have similar reservations about a Black Lives Matter mural painted on the driveway, a real divisive symbol that represents an openly Marxist organization hell-bent on the destruction of the American capitalist system.

We think that “could be viewed as controversial” as well. Of course, that is not politically correct.

Lindstrom is the type of chief like the one in Webster, Massachusetts, who turned in his man (and leadership) card last summer by laying down in the middle of the road with Black Lives Matter protesters disrupting traffic in that Central Massachusetts town. We could picture Lindstrom acting in similar fashion.

The resolution in South Windsor came about after the town council last year adopted a policy by a 6-3 party-line vote which allows groups to apply to fly an organization or commemorative flag in the town center.

The Thin Blue Line likely came about in the 1920’s in reference to police, according to historian Bill Hanna in an interview in the Taunton Daily Gazette.

He said it initially was thought to go back to the Crimean War between the British and Russians, however at that time was called the “thin red line,” that the British Army stood between the British Empire and the enemy,” Hanna said.

It is believed the idea first came to the police commissioner in New York City, referring to the ‘thin blue line” that the police stand between good and evil, law and order versus chaos.

Hanna said the symbol became controversial during the 1950s and 60s when William Parker, the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and a known racist used to use the term “thin blue line.” It was Parker that apparently gave the symbol a racist connotation.

Where the controversy comes recently is the fact that the flag has been coopted by some extremist groups and was seen both at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and at the U.S. Capitol siege on January 6. That of course is not the fault of the men and women who wear the badge, and people such as Chief Lindstrom shouldn’t buy into the hype.

To somewhat of his credit, Lindstrom suggested flying the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial flag in order to recognize officers who have been killed in the line of duty, specifically mentioning Sgt. Manieri.

Despite the fact that he was off-duty and out of town when he was killed, his death was ruled a line-of-duty death because he was acting in his capacity of a law enforcement officer.

With that said, however Lindstrom is doing a disservice to his officers by taking the position he did. He should have remained neutral and let the chips fall where they may. As police officers, we expect Democrats to disrespect us. That’s how they roll.

However when that disrespect comes from a police administrator, that’s a different story altogether. We do not know how Lindstrom’s officers feel about his decision.

However as someone who has only been in command for just over six months, it sends a message to his officers that he does not support them. That can make for a long, rocky road for a new police chief.

But hey, at least the extremists will love him.

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