Aidan Riley, a 16-year-old New Yorker with cerebral palsy, was a gifted “NYPD” wheelchair.
A New York teen with cerebral palsy is in for the surprise of his life on Wednesday, when he was gifted with a surprise that made him feel like a police officer — just like his father.
Aidan Riley, 16, was given his own replica of a “New York Police Department” that was made to fit around his wheelchair. It includes lights and sirens, and even his name and his father’s badge number — 2806 — detailed.
“You saw his face,” his father, Officer Merritt Riley, told WABC-TV. “I can’t put into words what it means.”
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The gift was planned and created by a joint effort of the NYPD and Magic Wheelchair, a company that makes costumes for children in wheelchairs.
The teenager and his father, Officer Merritt Riley, told WABC-TV that he “can’t put into words what it means for his son to have received this gift from non-profit organisation Magic Wheelchair.
Police chief James O’neill said that, “Our civil servants are not only met, but went far above our expectations.”
Officer Riley, a 22-year veteran of the force, told the news channel that Magic Wheelchair in contact with his foundation “the NYPD with Open Arms,” and “it all came together.”