Press Release

Flagler Sheriff Appoints 8-year-old Deputy

Phillip wants to be a police officer so he can, “catch the bad guys and eat doughnuts.” Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, teamed up with Dunkin’ Donuts and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office to make this hopeful future deputy’s dreams come true.

It started off like any other day… Phillip just thought he was playing dress up putting on his new police costume. Instead, he was unknowingly being taken to Dunkin’ Donuts for a big surprise! Phillip and his grandma were greeted by Flagler County (FCSO) Sheriff Rick Staly who had exciting news for him. He first made Phillip an honorary deputy and gifted him an official FCSO uniform shirt. Dunkin Donuts sweetened his big day. He had fun decorating his own donuts with frostings and toppings, and they’re graciously giving their biggest donut fan free donuts for an entire year. And the best was still to come.

When Phillip opened up a special box of donuts, it contained a magical message from Kids Wish Network, revealing that they were granting his wish, sending him to Disney World!

Phillip has cerebral palsy. He had a stroke at birth, causing developmental delays and many challenges. He’s undergone a surgery on his right foot, and continues to receive occupational and physical therapies. “Phillip struggles so hard in school, and I want to see him happy,” said his grandma Cynthia who is raising him and his 3 siblings on her own. “He’s always asking when we can go to Disney World.”

His dream coming true will be a very special dose of happiness for Phillip’s family… it will be a magical time of family togetherness. “I’m so happy,” said Phillips grandma. “I want to have experiences with my grandbabies, and it’s something he’ll have for a lifetime that I got to share with him.”

“I couldn’t have had a better role model for Phillip than Sheriff Rick Staly,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai. “His genuine love for his community shows, taking time out of his busy schedule to personally become involved in making Phillip’s wish so special.”

See the rest of Phillip’s wish here.