Police grant five-year-old boy's fishing wish



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Posted on July 9, 2014 at 6:50 PM

WOODINVILLE, Wash. -- A five-year-old boy’s request to go fishing may not be unique. Oren Kendall didn’t want to fish alone, though. He wanted to fish with police.

"Every time we passed a police car he'd say, 'We should get out and invite them fishing,'" explained his mom Teresa Kendall.

Teresa wrote to the Kirkland Police Department, which granted his wish Wednesday morning.

They couldn’t just dress as police, however.

"They had to take off their police hats and wear fishing hats," said Kirkland Police Chief Eric Olsen. "I also hope that he gets to see police officers as his friend, that we're here to help."

The fishing trip came just a few months before Oren will undergo brain surgery. He had a stroke as a newborn and suffers from seizures and cerebral palsy.

"Let's see if a fish comes, OK? Are you calling them with your whistle?" Chief Olsen said.

Chief Olsen’s officers fished, too. They wore their finest fishing caps.

"It's going to be a hard summer and a hard fall for him,” Teresa said. "And so my goal has been to make this summer amazing for him. This was a huge part of that."

Oren caught not one, but two fish. His family plans to eat them for dinner.