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Police Donate Gifts for Boy Who Needed Wheelchair; Mom 'Just Thankful That They Came Up Here' after 'A Tough Two Months'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Donate Gifts for Boy Who Needed Wheelchair; Mom 'Just Thankful That They Came Up Here' after 'A Tough Two Months'

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Byline: Dan Scanlan

Tristan Sprouse knew cops were coming to see him Christmas Eve.

The 14-year-old Oceanway Middle School student didn't know that they would come to his Wolfson Children's Hospital room like Three Wise Men bearing gifts - lots of gifts.

The teen, who has muscular dystrophy and is recuperating from foot surgery, got a new wheelchair, new clothes and chocolate.

"You have an extended family," Assistant Chief Bobby Deal of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said after giving him the gifts, pointing to the officers who helped buy them.

"Our prayers will be with you and if there is something else we can do for you, we are here," Deal told Tristan. "A lot of people care for you, a lot of people you don't even know."

"I was expecting a Christmas gift, that's it. I got a lot of stuff," Tristan said. "The most important thing is everybody having Christmas with me and my family. ... It is awesome!"

It's a holiday wish come true for Tristan's mother, Moriah, in her son's hospital room when Deal joined some of the lieutenants, sergeants and officers in his command in presenting the gifts.

"I am just thankful that they came up here. It's been a tough two months," she said. "They are awesome."

Tristan will spend Christmas break and more recuperating from his surgery. …

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