BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Florida 10-year-old Tyler Carach has made it his mission to thank every police officer in the United States for their service and bring them donuts – and his journey took him to Bridgewater this week.
On Sunday, Carach, dubbed “Donut Boy,” visited with Bridgewater Police Chief Al Nicaretta and his officers – as well as a few from Manville, Bedminster and Bernards – to bring them donuts donated by a local Dunkin’ Donuts and thank them for their service.
“They protect families and risk their lives everyday,” Carach said of police officers. “I want to thank every officer, I think it makes them happy.”
Carach – who donned a cape made by his grandmother that read “I donut need a reason to thank a cop” – has visited 39 states so far, and has made it his goal to at least make it to one police department in every state.
According to his mother, Sheena, her son ran into some police officers in his hometown of Bratt, Florida, and decided to buy them some donuts to thank them for their service. When he saw how happy they were to be thanked for their service, he decided he wanted to do that for all officers.
“His goal is to thank every cop, but we would like to represent all the states at least once,” Sheena Carach said of her son, who would like to be a K9 officer when he grows up.
Carach said they met Bridgewater Police Officers Brian Sujansky and Brian Eitner at the annual memorial ceremony following the Police Unity Tour in May in Washington, D.C.
“They told us about their mission of trying to thank all cops, and so we gave them our business cards,” Sujansky said. “His mom emailed us and we set it up.”
“We were very impressed by Tyler, and it was great to see him thanking police officers,” he added. “It’s awesome, and great to have him in Bridgewater.”
During a special ceremony at the Bridgewater Police Department Sunday, Carach presented the donuts to the officers and took pictures with each person present. He then had a tour of the North Star helicopter.
Sheena Carach said she and her son usually make three or four trips during the school year to visit departments, and travel as much as possible over the summer. Donuts are donated by local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees.
Nicaretta said it was amazing to have Carach there.
“To have a boy who is that young recognize what police do on a daily basis, and respect what we do, is really amazing,” he said. “I thought this was a great idea.”
Nicaretta said they have never experienced this before, with a child so young from another state wanting to thank officers.
“It’s really amazing to see this respect in someone so young,” he said.