JAMESTOWN – A video of Jamestown Police wishing an 11-year-old happy birthday has gone viral.
The video, posted to the Jamestown Police Department’s Facebook page earlier this month, has reached over 2.2 million people, all helping cheer on Levi Blakeslee.
Blakeslee, who has special needs, loves the police so City Councilman, and Retired Jamestown Police Officer, Jeff Russell contacted the department to arrange a birthday parade for him.
“Levi loves the police and was not shy at all; he got a present and a balloon and seemed to have a blast,” said Jamestown Police Officer Matthew Rhineheart who helped arrange the parade.
He says the department does these parades often, and at times kids can be a little unsure, but that was not the case with Levi.
When the youngster learned about the video going viral, he was shocked, saying knowing people saw it made him feel “happy,” and saying, “thank you.”
Levi’s mother, Cassie Blakeslee, says she was shocked to see some much attention to the clip online.
“We knew about the parade, but then just to see it shared and viewed so many times we are amazed,” said Cassie Blakeslee. “We have gone places and people we don’t even know have seen him or recognized it.”
Levi also got a chance to meet the department’s new comfort dog, Hope, and try on some SWAT gear while touring the police station this month.