Original release (September 14, 2016 8:40 p.m.):
Local law enforcement officers got treated to lunch today by a very special 8-year-old boy.
After seeing reports of officers being hurt and killed on television, 8-year-old Matten Roy went to his mother, Melissa, and told her that he wanted to do something to show the police that he appreciated them. Melissa took Matten to area business and told them about the plans. After receiving some donations, he had his first lunch for police.
Matten, who faces multiple medical challenges in his life, was not done with showing his appreciation and wanted to do something even bigger. They enlisted the help of Mission Barbeque and Texas Roadhouse who helped by donating food. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 4 in Parkville would serve as the event location.
This lunch was attended was attended by officers from Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Aberdeen, Montgomery County, and the State Fire Marshalls office. The Lodge 4 parking lot quickly filled to capacity and people were parking in the parking lot of Bowman’s restaurant next door.
Matten, who wants to be a K9 officer when he grows up, got to meet several K-9 dogs, sit in a Baltimore County Fire truck and sound the siren, and operate a Hazardous Devices Team robot. The Baltimore County Police helicopter did several flyovers for him. He got to meet to helicopter pilot later as well as Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson.
Officers gave Matten gifts, pins, patches, shirts, and other signs of their appreciation.
Matten said that it was “better than Christmas”.
Matten’s show of support touched the hearts of many officers today.
Thank you, Matten.