Police and Law Enforcement

Heartbroken boy, 8, whose fundraising money to help displaced neighbors was stolen, honored by Pa. police

Pennsylvania State Police surprised 8-year-old Owen Shylkofski after learning he was raising money for his neighbors, who were recently displaced by a house fire.

"He was very proud of himself that he had done it," Shylkofski's Grandmother, Tammi Owens said. 

Shylkofski had set up a lemonade stand on Saturday at his family's yard sale to raise money and help out his neighbors, but the $50 he raised had been stolen.

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Owens shared the news on Facebook and within an hour, people came to donate and offer support, WNEP reported.

After troopers learned that Shylkofski wanted to be a law enforcement officer, a parade of police cars flooded Shylkofski's street to honor him.

They said hello and gave Shylkofski a monetary donation.

"I never saw so many police before," Shylkofski said.

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They also gave him a chance to wear a trooper hat, let him sit in a police cruiser and run the sirens, and thanked him for his outstanding citizenship, FOX 29 reported.

Shylkofski's mother said they've received around $300 in donations since the incident.

Shylkofski will be running his lemonade stand Thursday and Friday to continue raising money for the neighbors, Wyoming County Press Examiner reported