Boy recognized for picking up officers' breakfast tab

Boy pays for police officers' meals
(Source: Kennett Police Department)
(Source: Kennett Police Department)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but a little boy in Missouri made it even more special for a few local men in blue. In return, he received a surprise of his own.

Capt. Tim Trowbridge, public information officer for the Kennett Police Department, detailed the giving of a little boy to police officers at a local restaurant on the department's Facebook page.

The post states six-year-old Landon Williams paid for the breakfast of "several officers" at John's Waffle & Pancake House in Kennett.

Region 8 News caught up with Landon and found out exactly why he wanted to look out for his local police officers.

"I love police officers," Landon said. "They are my favorite heroes."

With the bill paid, officers were so touched they tracked down Landon's parents and set up a meet and greet Sunday with the boy at the same breakfast place.

Officers from KPD, Dunklin County Sheriff's Office, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol attended the meeting.

For his kindness and admiration of law enforcement, officers gave the boy a framed letter of appreciation along with several patches from KPD and MSHP.

The officers also bought toys to give to the young man.

Landon's parents, Mandy and Jason Williams said they are moved by the huge heart their son has.

"We just wanted to do our little part to say thank you," his mother said. "He wanted to do it, we are so proud of him."

Mandy's husband added, "these guys need to know how much they do and know how much they are appreciated."

"They deserved a meal," Landon said.

The family said they always try to remind their son to do good things when nobody is watching.

"I know he's listening," Mandy said "He has the biggest heart."

Trowbridge added that on a personal note that he wanted to thank the entire Kennett community for supporting law enforcement officers.

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