Crime victim has a happy birthday thanks to JSO officer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville mother was left without a birthday gift for her young son after her car was burglarized and his present was stolen.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer Derek Pratico responded to a car burglary March 27 and found the victim extremely upset because her son's birthday git was gone and she could not afford to replace it, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Officer Pratico wrote up the report and left the scene.

The following day Officer Pratico returned to the victim's home with a birthday present, birthday cake and birthday card for the young boy, so he could celebrate his birthday. Officer Pratico also purchased a $100 gift card to give to child's mother to help her get back on her feet.

All of the items were purchased by Officer Pratico personally with his own money.

Pratico said, "I did not do this for any recognition, I just felt it was the right thing to do at that moment."


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