Eleven year old Thomas Jeffries has a big smile, but a bigger heart
by: Keely Lovers
Posted on Jan 29, 2021/03:39 PM EST
Updated: Jan 29, 2021 / 5:04 pm EST
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A young boy with a dream of being a first responder has spent the pandemic delivering cakes to the city’s police and fire departments.
The Polish boy with Down syndrome is a special guest in the Youngstown Fire Dept.
Eleven year old Thomas Jeffries has a big smile, but a bigger heart. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Thomas has visited every fire and police station in the city several times. He brings them cakes and other supplies like water bottles.
“Then to think of us and to take the time and of course the money to do something for us and the police, not just one station but all stations, is just amazing,” said Shawn Murray, Youngstown Fire Department director.
Thomas’ mother died of cancer more than a year ago, but that didn’t stop his passion for a day as a police officer in the K-9 unit.
“I’ve taken cases to the police, the fire department, and I just enjoy doing it because it’s a way to say thank you to the people involved in this COVID pandemic,” said Thomas.
Thomas also writes notes to the firefighters so that they never forget that they are valued.
“It says thank you for your service. Be safe out there folks. Red Lives Matter. I do this for the police and the fire department, ”said Thomas.
Thomas also draws pictures for the firefighters and officers to hang up on.
“When people get the slightest amount of gratitude, it can mean the most meaning when they don’t even realize it,” said Murray. “In this day and age when someone is so selfless, it really speaks volumes.”
And Thomas has a special message for her that is spoken loud and clear.
“Thank you very much for your service and be safe out there because it’s a crazy world.”