Local 5-Year-Old Buys Winslow Police Lunch, Officers Pay it Forward

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WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, N.J. -

A five-year-old decided to treat Winslow Township Police Officers to lunch. In return, they went out of their way to make the boy's day one he'll never forget.


Winslow Township resident, William Evertz Jr. and his mother were celebrating a day of good deeds, and the five-year-old decided he wanted to buy his police officers lunch, on him.


“We are just having a day of kindness, it was all inspired by a YouTube video of someone helping the homeless, and he just totally ran with it," said Tara Evertz, mother of William Evertz. "He wanted to help the police, he wanted to help the kids. He chose Subway because he wants his police officers to be healthy. He wanted to use his own money, and he did that. I’m very proud of him.”


Lt. Dubler with the Winslow Township police said the department has been seeing many acts of appreciation from residents, especially treats being sent to the station. But when he found out their little resident was behind this lunch, the officers found a way to pay it forward.


"I thought it was something that you know, he needed to be recognized for and we appreciate it, but everybody is going to appreciate, you know, his acts of kindness," said Dubler."


The department gave Evertz a tour of the station, a goodie bag, his own police badges, and even a ride home in a squad car. Following his day at the station, the soon to be kindergartner plans to bring school supplies to children at a safe haven shelter.


You want your kids to be generous and kind, and have a heart for other people, and coming out and caring about other people in your community, and caring about the police officers health, and make sure they eat a proper lunch today that was healthy, that was awesome," said Chief George Smith.


The five-year-old saved his money by doing small chores around the house for his mother. But in the future, he plans to help out in bigger ways, and he plans to do just that, but with his very own police badge.


“I want to be a police officer when I grow up,” said William Evertz.