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Local law enforcement officials make surprise appearance at Webb City first grader's birthday party

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WEBB CITY, MISSOURI - Local law enforcement officials make a surprise appearance at a Webb City first grader's birthday party.

6-year-old George Buckner has a fascination with law enforcement, which is why he dressed in a policeman outfit for his party at Skateland.

Officials from Jasper County, Oronogo, Carterville and Webb City Police surprised George with a gift bag full of lego toys and stickers.

But what George most enjoyed was their presence, getting to meet real police officers and even test out the sirens and lights on one of the cars.

Family members say they invited the officers to expose the kids to a positive experience with law enforcement at an young age.

"If you have a good experience while you're young, it will carry on through your life and make you a better citizen, and a better person," said Larry Johnson, George's grandfather.

"This is the best birthday ever," George said.

"George, we appreciate your ability to look forward and know that you're growing up in a community and in a society where law enforcement is needed," said Andy Eby, Carterville Police Officer.

Family members say it was visiting police and fire stations that helped George overcome his PTSD after losing his home in the 2011 Joplin tornado.

After today, George says he does in fact want to be a police officer when he grows up.
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