GREENFIELD – One Greenfield boy is a hero in the police department’s eyes, and for a while they didn’t even know his name. But the boy’s one small act of kindness is making a big impact on morale.
White t-shirt, male, age: 8-10 is how Greenfield Police Assistant Chief Paul Schelct would describe the boy in the surveillance video their cameras recorded last Friday. But scanning surveillance video to find someone besides a suspect was something Assistant Chief Schelct was not expecting.
Two days after the twelfth anniversary of 9/11, a boy walked into the Greenfield Police Department and up to the clerk, opened his backpack and pulled out a bag full of coins.
“There was actually ten dollars and three cents,” Schelct says, describing what happened next, “(He) set it on the counter and told the clerk that he wanted to donate his money to the police department and then turned around and walked out of the station before the surprised clerk could even get his name.”
Brittany Eickhorst was the surprised clerk who accepted the mystery boy’s $10.03 donation, “You don’t expect that every day, just a little guy to walk in and throw up his change. Most kids are saving up for an Xbox and just really heartwarming to see him want to donate to the department."
Assistant Chief Schelct knows how much $10.03 means to kids, “That's a lot of money, they could do a lot of things with the money and just the fact that he decided that he wanted to donate it to the police department for the men and women that work to help and serve this community that is just.... beyond words.”
Police followed a few leads and, finally, the big-hearted boy was identified as 11-year-old Max Siepert. He tells TODAY’S TMJ4’s Jesse Ritka he got the idea in his Social Studies class, "We started to talk about 9/11 and all the good deeds that we could do so I decided that I had all this money and I hadn't donated it yet."
The sixth grader had been saving since April, but making the decision on who to give it to didn’t take long. Max explains, "My grandpa who I never got to meet, he was a police officer and he died at the line of duty."
It's a heartfelt donation that goes beyond the dollar amount, "One day, that's going to make a difference,” Max feels, “If every person could do that, we would have such a great world, it would be awesome!"