It is never too late to have one’s dreams come true, even if those dreams involve riding in a police car like a felon. This woman’s daughter knew this and gave her mother an unforgettable present.
On June 7, Augusta, Maine resident Simone Dumont turned 93 years old, and her daughter Anne wanted to mark the occasion making her live a very unique fantasy. In order to do so, Anne had to call the local police.
About a month after the events took place, Anne took to her Facebook account to share the story of her mother’s most recent birthday surprise, inspired by the nonagenarian’s love for the show “Cops.”
Displaying a great sense of humor, Anne started her post jokingly claiming that her mother had been arrested for being “bad,” before proceeding to tell the story of how she managed to give Simone the best birthday gift.
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“On July 9, 2018, Mom got arrested. Yep, arrested. I told you guys that she was the bad one, but you didn’t believe me!! She influenced all of us, but we held strong. Now that she is out of jail, I can post this,” she wrote.
Anne explained how her mother always talked about how hard the job of policemen was, considering all the officers dealt with in every episode of the long-running documentary series.
According to her, Simone frequently wondered how people riding in the police patrol’s backseat after being arrested felt, and this gave Anne a great idea when she was thinking about what to do on her mother’s next birthday.
The loving daughter asked the Augusta Police Department to “gently arrest” the elderly woman so she could experience what it was like to be on police custody, and see the inside of a police car.
Luckily for Simone, one of the officers was happy to grant this woman her wish, and the joy she showed when the policeman invited her to get in the back seat of his car was priceless.
Anne gave more details about that day in an interview for Inside Edition, revealing that her mother had no idea what she had planned for her special day.
“I kept it small because she doesn’t like surprises and she doesn’t like to be in the limelight,” Anne said, sharing that she had invited some family members to gather on the porch to wait for the police car to show up.
“She immediately said, ‘What is that cop doing here? I said, ‘What did you do?’ […] I told mom he was here for her,” recalled Anne.
Officer Doody let Simone into the backseat, where she had some pictures taken, and he later showed her the front seat, allowing the old lady to sound the siren.
“A big thank you to APD for taking the time out of their already busy schedules for my Mom on July 9th. She is one happy woman and a month and a half later, she still talks about her ‘arrest’ with pictures to prove it.”
-Anne Dumont, Facebook, August 17, 2018.
Some people have to wait until they are very old to see their wildest dreams become a reality, but when that day comes, they experience it with the joy of a child. Fulfilling their fantasies fills them with a youthful energy.
Such was the case for Stu Williamson, a man from Seattle who celebrated the milestone of turning 100 years old by jumping off a plane for the second time.
Williamson performed his first tandem parachute jump on his 99th birthday and he liked it so much that he wishes to do it in every one of his future birthdays.
“I wouldn’t call it fun, but it’s a sensation I would never experience anywhere else,” Williamson told Inside Edition.
In a similar story, 90-year-old WWII veteran and cancer survivor Richard Keller proved to be quite a daredevil when he rappelled down a skyscraper in Denver. But as much as he was thrilled by the experience, Keller didn’t do it just for kicks.
The nonagenarian performed this incredible stunt as part of a fundraising event for the Cancer League of Colorado, an organization that collects money for cancer research.
Keller also wanted to become an example to others and to prove that veterans, who are often forgotten by society, still can make an impact in the world and make change possible.