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One Little Girl’s Birthday Almost Became A Tragic Disaster, Until This Officer Saved The Day

A little generosity can go a long way.

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Every child’s birthday should be a special one, even if it’s spent doing something as simple as enjoying sweet treats with friends and family. For one little girl, however, her eighth birthday came very close to ending in tragedy. But its the unexpected way a police officer rose to the occasion that will really melt your heart. 

Journey Huey, of New London, Wisconsin, spent all Sunday night baking special cupcakes before her birthday party at school the next day.

“My grandma helped me, but I mostly did most of the work,” little Journey shared with WLUK. “There were 16 of them, and I made some flowers on them and stuff, with M&Ms and some sprinkles, and some frosting.”

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As Journey and her grandmother Huli Huey made their way to school the next morning, a sudden accident put their lives in danger.

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“We were going down the highway and taking Jojo to school with her cupcakes for her birthday, and the next thing you know, we weren’t going down the road, we were going across the road,” Huli recalled.

After their car slid off the road, it rolled over into the treeline and, by some miracle, neither Journey nor her grandma were harmed.

“We were just driving normal, because we didn’t see anything, so then we just flipped over!” Journey shared with the news outlet.

Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office deputy Sue Bolwerk arrived on the scene shortly afterward and made sure Journey and Huli were safe and sound. Deputy Bolwerk then escorted the family to Journey’s school, Sugarbush Elementary.

Sadly, the cupcakes Journey had worked so hard to prepare for her classmates were destroyed in the accident and didn’t make it to school with her.

Even though little Journey had a sunny, optimistic outlook and planned to simply bake a new batch of cupcakes for the next day, Deputy Bolwerk wasn’t satisfied with that option.

“I thought, you know, she needs cupcakes on her birthday, so I ran down to FestivaI (Foods), don’t know, I think I grabbed about 30 of them,” Deputy Bolwerk shared with WLUK. “I wanted to make sure they had enough, and then brought them to the classroom.

Deputy Bolwerk’s commitment to going above and beyond the call of duty stunned everyone, including Journey’s grandmother, Hali: “There she was with all these cupcakes, and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh! How wonderful!’ and that’s when I start crying…she got me!”

“I guess I’ve spent my career doing these kinds of things,” Bolwerk shared with Yahoo Lifestyle. “Stuff I don’t expect to be recognized for; this is just my job.”

Although the Huey family may never know just what caused the terrifying accident on that fateful day, there’s one thing they do know: a little generosity can go a long way.

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