First responders help make Christmas special

More than 16 million children live in poverty across our country, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. This translates to 22 percent of children who would go without a Christmas if it not for the generosity of the season.

And the need encourages those who serve our community everyday to brighten up the season for a child who could use some help right now.

Every year the Mayfield Police and Fire Departments try to make Christmas special for someone. Lieutenant Jason Riegler says its just one of the campaigns the departments take part in to help their community. They say its always rewarding to go that extra step to help someone in need.

Firefighter Jason Malone says it feels good to join the Police Department in taking care of a child, “It’s what we do, it takes a special kind of person to do the kind of jobs that the fire and the police do.” Malone says they helped surprise Aaron for Christmas, driving over squad cars and Christmas gifts.

Because Aaron’s mother recently lost her battle with Leukemia two weeks before Christmas. Russell Miller, Aaron’s father, says they weren’t prepared, “We thought she was going to be ok.” But says the police and fire departments helped him to fulfill his wife’s dying wish, “She told me to make sure I take care of our son… And I’m gonna do my best,” says Miller.

More than 60 people total helping to buy gifts and coordinate the surprise.

If you’d like to offer your help to the Aaron’s family this year, you can contact the Mayfield Police Department.