KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A metro 7-year-old unknowingly missed his school bus, and as a result he waited at the bus stop for more than two hours.
Kansas City police officers found him and decided to change his bad morning into an afternoon he’ll never forget. A concerned neighbor called police thinking Savion Lathrop may need help, and two officers quickly made their way to the bus stop.
“I was waiting at the bus stop for two hours, the bus didn't come to pick me up,” Savion said.
He was running a few minutes behind Wednesday morning when his mom sent him to his bus stop one block away.
“He's like, ‘I wanna get on the bus by myself.’ It's just not cool for mom to stand with him at the bus stop anymore,” Savion’s mom said.
While he waited for the bus, a police car pulled up instead.
“They said to me, ‘where are you going?’ I said, ‘I'm trying to go to school,'” the 7-year-old recalled.
“I asked him if he wanted a ride to school, he said, ‘I can't get in the car, you're a stranger,'” said KCPD Officer Livers
Officer Owen and Officer Livers were impressed with Savion, and asked if they could call his mom for permission. She approved-- and Savion jumped in.
“We let him ride in the front seat on the way to school. He was in a really good mood. He's like ‘let's go get those bad guys!’” Officer Livers said.
The young student got to ride in style, but school wasn't the first stop. The officers took him to McDonalds to get breakfast too.
“That's my favorite place,” Savion advised.
As he rode shotgun, the three found out they weren’t all that different from one another.
“Just out of the blue he told us his favorite movie was ‘Major Payne.’ We're both fans of 'Major Payne.' Pretty much the whole time we're driving in the car, we're quoting the movie, he’s quoting it with us,” said Officer Livers.
The officers say it's a day on the job they'll never forget, and they hope Savion feels the same way, and knows they're always there for him.
“He can always come to us,” said Officer Livers.
“I would say thank you,” said Savion.
Savion's mom made sure to call Chief Darryl Forte and thank the department for going above and beyond. Savion told the officers when he grows up, he too wants to be a police officer.