2 Norwich officers help make little girl’s birthday special


NORWICH, Conn.(WTNH) — Two Norwich Police Officers helped to make a birthday very special for one family.

Every day officers go on well-being checks, so this may have been a routine call, but what the officers did many say went above and beyond.

“Somebody had called asking us to check on the family make sure they were doing okay,” said said Officer Christopher Hawrylik.

Police officers Christopher Hawrylik and Elizabeth Harsley arrived at the same time to check on the Norwich mother. It was her daughter’s birthday.

“She just seemed a little tired stressed out,” said Officer Elizabeth Harsley.

“She was a single mom and that’s a pretty tough job. I think it’s just important to remember sometimes people need a little extra help,” said Hawrylik.

“As soon as we closed the door he asked he goes ‘You want to buy her a cake don’t you?’ So we both kind of had the idea in our head,” said Harsley.

The officers went to Shop Rite and did just that.

“I met the two officers the other day when they were picking up the cake,” said Arthur Nixon of Norwich.

Nixon was impressed.

“I said I think that is fantastic,” said Nixon.

“The officers are just there to help people and that’s what they do and it just doesn’t surprise me, but it’s nice to hear on the news,” said Malinda McDermott of Lisbon.

“That’s the type of individuals we want out there working our streets because you do need to be compassionate,” said Norwich Chief Louis J Fusaro, Sr.

Both officers are reluctant to receive so much attention.

“As a community we’re all in it together so we want to make sure like I said before everyone succeeds that’s our goal,” said Hawrylik.

“We wanted to make her happy, that’s all,” said Harsley.

And they sure did. The also bought the girl a Toys R Us gift card.

“Just thinking about a little girl and wanted to make sure she had a good birthday,” said Hawrylik.

“I know plenty of officers even here who keep $5 Dunkin Donuts cards in their pockets just so they can give them to homeless people if they need a bite to eat,” said Harsley.

So whether or not it gets on TV, you can be sure officers out here on the street are performing these not so random acts of kindness and compassion.

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