Fla. cops save autistic boy's birthday after no one shows up

Police reached out to a boy and his mother after a post on social media caught the attention of the local community


By PoliceOne Staff

ST. CLOUD, Fla. — Police and firefighters in Florida reached out to a boy and his mother after a post on social media caught the attention of the local community.

According to WKMG, 6-year-old Glenn Buratti, who is autistic, invited his entire class to his sixth birthday and no one showed up.

“From the minute he woke up that day he wanted to know how many minutes until his friends came. None of the kids’ parents RSVP’d, but I was still holding on to the hope that some of them would show up. It never crossed my mind that it would be zero,” his mother, Ashlee Buratti, told the Osceola News-Gazette.

When his mother took to social media to rant about her son’s devastation, members of the community arrived with their children to celebrate Glenn’s big day.

The post also reached the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, who flew a helicopter over the boy’s home on the day of his birthday.  

"One of our friends put him up on their shoulders and Glenn was smiling the whole time and waved. It was amazing," Buratti told WKMG.

Along with the town’s firefighters, the department arrived with gifts for the boy a few days later, the Osceola News-Gazette reported.

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