CRANFORD - After learning how Finnegan Forsman was upset he couldn't have his family or friends over for his fifth birthday party due to social distancing, the Cranford Police and Fire Departments decided to take matters into their own hands.
Finnegan's aunt, Michaela Murray-Nolan, was on FaceTime with him and saw how upset he was that he couldn't have a birthday party. Knowing how much he loves police officers, Michaela decided to contact the Cranford Police Department to see if maybe one officer could come by the house to wish Finnegan a Happy Birthday and make him feel better. Nobody expected the celebration Finnegan would receive.
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After receiving the call from Michaela, Cranford Police Department shift supervisor Sergeant Russell Luedecker organized the drive-by celebration that featured seven police vehicles and a firetruck. Though it was just a drive-by due to social distancing, the Cranford Police Department promised Finnegan a tour of the police headquarters as soon as the COVID-19 crisis clears up.
"I'm so proud of our police department and fire department," said Gwenyth Murray-Nolan, mother of Finnegan. "Finnegan's dying to be a police officer. He has a police car, a police motorcycle, two police officer uniforms. He even tries to arrest people on our block with his police handcuffs."
Finnegan's mother said he enjoys watching a YouTube show called "Gabe and Garrett" where little kids pretend to be police officers and follow little crimes such as littering, and it has increased his desire to become a police officer.
Finnegan's brother, J.P., has also taken a liking to civil service, but his interest is in firefighting. Just like his brother's police car, J.P. has a kids fire truck he enjoys riding around in. Ms. Murray-Nolan said they can thank their grandparents for spoiling them with tons of police and fire toys, uniforms, and more.