Mission police officers perform ‘Happy Birthday’ for a girl’s 10th birthday — social distancing style

The Helveys wave to Mission police officers, who made a special trip to sing Hayes Helvey "Happy Birthday" on her 10th Birthday.

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Highlands Elementary School student Hayes Helvey was a little “bummed out” about not being able to celebrate her 10th birthday at school with her friends due to the coronavirus pandemic. But a few Mission police officers found a way to make the occasion a little more special.

Jennifer Helvey, Hayes’ mom, reached out to Mission police officer Jay Fleer — who is the Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer at Highlands — to see if he could make an appearance for Hayes’ birthday, March 26. So Fleer brought a few of his partners to the Helvey household to sing her “Happy Birthday” over the PA system on their police vehicles

“Our top priority is taking care of people,” Fleer said. “If that means we go and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to help a little girl have a better day, then that’s what it takes.”

As for Hayes, although she was giggly and embarrassed during the song, she told her mom after the fact that “that was so cool,” Jennifer said. The now 10-year-old understands the pandemic and is being a good sport about not being able to have a birthday party, but that doesn’t make it easier, Jennifer said.

The act of kindness wasn’t unusual for Fleer: Jennifer said the D.A.R.E. officer constantly “goes above and beyond” for Highlands students, and for that reason, she wouldn’t have been surprised with anything he did. Jennifer said it warmed her heart for the happiness Fleer and the other officers gave her daughter — and at a time like this, it doesn’t go unnoticed.

“It’s huge that they took time out of their busy schedules, they have a lot going on right now,” Jennifer said. “It’s business as usual or even busier for them right now given everything that’s going on, and Officer Fleer didn’t even hesitate when I asked him.”