(Record scratch, freeze frame.) Yep, that’s 93-year-old Simone Dumont sitting in the back of a police car, and you’re probably wondering how she wound up there.
Sitting in the back seat of a cop cruiser probably isn’t your idea of a good birthday, but to Simone Dumont, it “made [her] life.”
Simone, a hardcore fan of the reality show Cops, is a supporter of the boys in blue. According to her daughter, Anne, “She goes on about how the police have the worse job and what they have to deal with … and she wondered what it was like to be arrested and sit in the back seat.”
Anne reached out to the Augusta Maine Police Department to see if they would be willing to arrest her mother — not on any charges, of course, but so that she could have the experience of being a criminal suspect.
So, on July 9, Simone was led into the back of a police car. She also got to sit in front and play with the sirens, which most suspects don’t get to do unless they steal a cop car.
It was Officer Paul Doody who went beyond the call of duty.
Doody, whom Simone calls “her cop,” gave her a hug and a junior officer decal. Her daughter shared on Facebook, “A few days later she said to me ‘you made my life.’”
According to the Augusta Police Facebook page, they were “very proud to have been invited.”
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