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WATCH: Mansfield Township boy gets special birthday surprise from first reponders

MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A Mansfield Township boy celebrated his 4th birthday in a very special way Tuesday.

He was unable to have a birthday party this year because of social distancing, so first responders brought him a birthday celebration with a parade of police cars, fire trucks, and an ambulance.

They drove by his home with emergency lights and sirens Tuesday afternoon.

“We are going through an unsettling time right now and for children it’s really hard and confusing to understand. To miss out on celebrating their birthday with other family and friends makes this whole situation even more difficult for parents and children. The idea of this program is to bring at least some happiness to the children and to band together as a community,” Office of Emergency Management, Township of Mansfield Peter Hannah said.

“It is so important to distract for the constant worry of the pandemic even if it’s for a couple of minutes out of our day. Quoting from one of our community member about today’s birthday boy  “.. he will forget about the virus but never forget his birthday with all the sirens…” That is what it is all about. Making those happy memories for our children,” Hannah said.

Mansfield Township is offering the birthday celebrations for all children within Mansfield Township while social distancing is in place. Residents can sign up on the Office of Emergency Management, Township of Mansfield’s Facebook page.

“A big thank you to the Mansfield Township Police Department, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Companies who jumped to the calling without any hesitation. It goes to show how we come together as a community through good and bad times,” Hannah Said.

Anthony Preziosi contributed to this report


Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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