WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Police Officer Matthew O’Holla, who was assigned to a security detail at Tamaques School after a man with a gun was arrested in the parking lot the day before, treated kids in the after-school program to ice cream Friday.
The children had been moved to the gymnasium during the lockdown Thursday afternoon while authorities searched the school and its grounds for additional weapons and other possible evidence, police said.
When an ice cream truck came by on schedule Friday, the children offered to buy O’Holla one, Westfield Police Chief Chris Battiloro said. Instead, O’Holla treated them.
O’Holla said he wanted to “keep the kids comfortable around the uniform, especially after yesterday,” the police department shared on its Facebook page.