Bossier deputies surprised a Benton youngster on his 6th birthday.

Bill Davis photo

 

Dep. Jessie Bearden of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office spent his day off Saturday patrolling the streets of a Benton neighborhood with his lights and sirens as he led a team of others to wish happy 6th birthday to Hudson, son of Casey and Mandie Rhymes.   Two other deputies, Alex Ware and Tommy Burton, joined Jessie and some of Hudson’s family, friends, teachers and neighbors to do a ‘drive-by’ surprise birthday party.

 

The friendship of this little boy and Dep. Bearden goes back to Christmas day in 2017 when Mandie took Hudson to Circle K to pick up some batteries for Christmas presents.  The three-year-old Hudson wants to be a policeman when he grows up, so when he saw Dep. Bearden and his partner at the store enjoying a cup of coffee, he “found his heroes inside,” said Mandie.  The deputies took a picture with Hudson, and they’ve been friends ever since.
Deputy Bearden brought Hudson a basket filled with police gear, candy, and other goodies, as well as a birthday card signed by several deputies.

 

Casey says young Hudson asked if he could be the “Guardian of the Neighborhood.”   His dad says, “He’s pretty serious about it,” and he dons his police gear and patrols the neighborhood with his dad in a golf cart to keep people safe.  “Some days,” Mandie say, “he asks that we call Mr. Jessie for backup.”