While most kids save up money on their piggy banks to buy themselves treats or the latest toy, a 4-year-old girl from Colorado decided differently as she saved up all her cash to help a local police officer who is battling with recurrent pancreatic cåncer for about two years.
Sidney Fahrenbruch stopped by the department to give out the contents of her piggy bank to help Officer Kyle Zulauf.
In a way, the little girl is returning a favor to the Longmont Safety and Justice Center after another officer, Master Police Officer David Bonday, came to her family’s new home after Sidney asked them to check for “monsters”.
Sidney has then become somewhat of a fixture at the police department. Her mother, Megan Fahrenbruch, said her daughter visits the police station about once a week and frequently brings the officers treats like candy and cookies.
Due to these weekly visits, Sidney immediately recognized a fundraising poster at the police station that had a photo of Zulauf. Right then and there, she told her mom that she wanted to give her piggy bank money, about $9 in bills and half a bag of change to the officer. Sidney said the decision to donate her money to Zulauf was an easy one. “It’s the nice thing to do,” she said.
Zulauf is a United States Army veteran who served with the 82nd Airborne before returning home to Colorado, where he obtained a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a father of three and was diagnosed with pancreatic cåncer 1 1/2 years ago. His police department has been trying to raise the money he needs to pay for an additional surgery.
Longmont’s Department of Public Safety shared the photos of Sidney donating the contents of her piggy bank to Bonday to give to the department’s fundraiser for Zulauf on Facebook and touched millions of hearts across the globe.
“Many of you will recall Sidney (4-years-old), who made national news when Longmont Police Officer Bonday came to her house to search out and remove monsters in her new home,” the department said in an accompanying caption. “Today, Sidney was back at the department with a different purpose. She brought the contents of her piggy bank for Officer Bonday to provide to our fundraiser for one of our officers who has been diagnosed with cåncer. Words are not available for what this means to us.”