She heard things at night, when it was dark, when no one else was awake, and 4-year-old Sidney Fahrenbruch worried that there might be scary things hiding in her new house.
Lucky for her, the police department in Longmont, Colo., apparently has a one-man monster patrol in the form of Officer David Bonday.
Sidney met the officer at a police department barbecue and asked if he could help her with the monsters in her house, “’cause that’s what police officers do,” Sidney told Denver 7.
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Bonday knew that Sidney was a frequent visitor to the police department, bringing them candy at Halloween, cookies at Christmas and other goodies to thank them for their service.
“Sidney’s been to our police department before to bring us food and things like that, and I thought it would be a great thing to do to give a little back to her,” Bonday told Denver 7.
So he agreed to visit her house and complete a thorough investigation. The police department posted a photo of the monster “hunt” to its Facebook page, from where the story has made the rounds.
A physician from California who saw the story had pizza delivered to the police officers and Sidney.
“Monsters can be a frightening experience for children. It turns out though, that with a little help, you really can get these unfriendly folks out of your house,” the police department wrote.
The little girl and officer hunted side-by-side, searched every room in the house. They looked under the sofa, even under the cushions, and scoured outside, too, “to make sure there was no monster activity in the front yard,” said Sidney’s mom, Megan Fahrenbruch.
They found no monsters.
Fahrenbruch posted videos of the search to her Facebook page, where they’ve been seen thousands of times.
“It’s just amazing the confidence he’s given her,” Fahrenbruch told Fox 31 in Denver after the hunt. “We’re truly grateful to live in a town where the police officer will pay a kid any attention.”
Her daughter is a big fan of police and wants to be an officer when she grows up, Fahrenbruch said.
“She wants to grow up and be a cop and help other people find monsters as well,” Megan Fahrenbruch told the Fox station.