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Photo provided by Stephanie Smith -- Gonzales Police officers Jimmie Dunaway, left, and Duane Carpenter, right, attend Cole Ruiz's sixth birthday party Saturday in Gonzales.

A Gonzales boy’s birthday wish was granted Saturday when two Gonzales Police officers arrived at his birthday party.

“At the Gonzales Police Department, we don’t just protect and serve, we go that extra mile to make sure our residents know we support their needs as much as they support ours,” said Stephanie Smith, community press liaison for the Gonzales Police Department.

Cole, who turned 6, requested police officers attend his birthday party, and they did, Smith said.

Officers Duane Carpenter and Jimmie Dunaway even let Cole sit on a police motorcycle.

“It’s the small things like this that allow us to forgot all the bad stuff and actually help to make our jobs all the better,” Smith said.