Officers help local resident celebrate 101st birthday
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Welwyn Hatfield officers paid a special visit to a local resident on Wednesday (19 January) as she celebrated her 101st birthday!
Irene, a resident at Greenacres care home in Hatfield, has been looking forward to her birthday for some time and a couple of weeks ago, officers at Hatfield station received a call from the care home. The care home explained that as a birthday treat, Irene wanted to see a police vehicle and speak to an officer about their fascinating job.
PC Aimee Smith and PC Tristan Ives wasted no time in making sure that Irene’s birthday wish was granted!
The officers attended Greenacres on Wednesday morning where they greeted Irene with a birthday cake and card. She was then treated to a quick demonstration of the blue lights and sirens!
Irene, accompanied by her daughter, talked about her time growing up in London during the Blitz which saw her home bombed twice. She also revealed that her father had been a volunteer police officer in the Special Constabulary. Addressing PC Smith and PC Ives she said; “I just think you are a marvellous lot!”
Tina, who works at Greenacres, said: “We had previously had a visit from the local fire brigade who did a fire prevention talk with our residents and Irene was really delighted to see them. She was talking to them and reminiscing about her dad and she said “Next time, can you get me some police?!””
PC Aimee Smith said: “We were thrilled to be able to make Irene’s birthday wish come true. One hundred and one is a fantastic age to reach and it was fascinating to hear about Irene’s life growing up in the war. After a tough couple of years with the pandemic, it was really touching to hear her kind words of support for what we do.
“Policing is a very varied job and community engagement events like these are so important. We are always here to help and being able to make Irene’s birthday wish come true feels very special.”
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