Cops come in all shapes, sizes and demeanors but this one seemed to be dropped from heaven for a girl who needed a boost.
After a rough year spent in and out of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for a rare, life-threatening condition, a Saukville teenager got a Christmas surprise from her dad, reported FOX6 News in Milwaukee. The big surprise wasn’t only the gift — but how he delivered it.
On Nov. 21, Audra Daniloff was pulled over by a Saukville police officer. The officer told her it was because she rolled through a stop sign and politely asked for her driver’s license.
“I got some good news and some bad news for you, OK?” said the officer. “The bad news, first, is I’m giving you two tickets.”
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Audra can be seen on the police video lowering her eyes.
“OK,” she says, dejectedly.
“The good news is they’re probably not the tickets you expect me to give you, OK?” the officer says.
“OK,” Audra says, with a nervous sigh, perhaps wondering what other severe infraction she might have committed.
“One is a ticket to New York, an airplane ticket. And the other ticket is to a band called Timeflies. I talked to your dad, and that’s from your dad. It’s not a joke,” the officer says. “Read it.”
Audra’s jaw drops, her eyes now wide open as she looks at the ticket to a concert by her favorite band.
She is speechless for several seconds. Tears start to well up in her eyes as she realizes this is a set-up from someone wanting to bless her, not a ticket for rolling through a stop sign.
“Oh my God,” she says. “You’re my favorite cop in the entire world!”
Saukville Police Chief Jeffrey Goetz said when Audra’s dad approached him about his little plan, he thought it was a great idea.
“He had given me a little back story on what his daughter had been through and thought that this concert would make her day if she got to go to New York — and we were happy to be a part of that,” he told FOX6.
Goetz says not only did it make Audra’s day, but it meant a lot to the police department, even if some naysayers lobbed criticism of the kindly act.
“I would argue the fact — that we’re wasting our resources. I think that’s exactly what our resources should be used for,” Goetz told FOX6.
Last year, Audra was diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH — a condition where the immune system becomes overstimulated, damaging a patient’s tissues and organs, including the bone marrow, liver and brain.
Audra spent 58 days in Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where doctors gave her a 20 percent chance of survival, her father recalled. Since then, she has been in and out of the hospital for infusion treatments numerous times.
Audra continues to get treatment at Children’s Hospital. She was there getting an infusion on Tuesday, the day before Christmas Eve — and did not feel well enough to talk with FOX6 News. But Audra’s dad, Marc, said his daughter is on the mend — and plans to go away to Madison for college next year. She’ll be studying to be a child life specialist.