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224 views • August 14, 2018

Elliot Robinson

Celeste Li
Elliot Robinson turned 8 years old on July 26. For most kids, the highlight of their birthday is ripping the wrapping paper off of their gifts, and eating their weight in birthday cake. Elliot keeps a far more special tradition. For as long as Nate and Stephanie Robinson can remember, their son has wanted to be a police officer. That’s why he pays the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office in Utah a visit every year on his big day. “He really just wanted to share his birthday with them, and one way the police department said we could do that was to bring treats.” The officers at the sheriff’s office have come to expect his annual visit, and they look forward to it as much as he does. “It’s pretty special what he does. We have brought people in and given them a birthday cake, or to see what law enforcement does," "or to come and visit us. But really, Elliot is the only one that brings us stuff. It’s pretty cool." He doesn’t hesitate to say, when asked, why he admires his local police officers. “[I like] how they protect towns and communities and schools,” Elliot said. “They’re my heroes.” Elliot’s annual trip to the sheriff’s office isn’t showing any signs of stopping. The family is planning on returning on his birthday next year. “It’s a tradition now. It’s a must,” Stephanie said. Elliot wants to be a police officer when he grows up, something his parents are keen to encourage. He’ll hear no objections from the sheriff’s office either. In the meantime, officers at the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office can count on sweet treats at work at least once a year. For Elliot and the rest of the Robinson family, it’s a small token of gratitude for the officer’s hard work. “We truly appreciate our men and women in blue and thank God for keeping them safe,” Stephanie said.
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