CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two brothers in southeast Charlotte got quite the treat Friday afternoon.
Six-year-old Gray Jackson and his 5-year-old brother, West, love playing "police" in the front yard of their home on Lansdowne Road.
Each has their own police outfit and an assortment of police-related toys according to their mother, Brittany Jackson. Jackson said that recently her boys have befriended an officer from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Sgt. Jon Steppe.
"It just lit up (Gray's) world when we met Sgt. Steppe," Brittany Jackson told WBTV Friday.
Steppe frequently stops to see the kids when he passes through their neighborhood on the way to the gym.
"He's always out with his police hat or his police shirt on. We stop and we've had several conversations," said Steppe about the 6-year-old.
The sergeant said that a few weeks ago he got the idea to surprise the brothers at their home.
On Friday afternoon the plan was executed. Steppe and several other officers drove to the Jackson residence.
The brothers were outside playing in their police attire as CMPD cruisers and dirt bikes came streaming up their street.
"I thought we were gonna have two police cars and when this whole entourage pulled up I just about died," said Brittany Jackson. "I could not believe that there were this many police here, and it's thrilling."
Jackson explained that her son Gray has undergone four heart surgeries in his young life. One of the procedures was a heart transplant. It's been a tough road for the boy.
"We are really trying to live a little bit in the moment," said Jackson.
The surprise visit from the police is a moment the mother said she will never forget.
The officers spent time showing the brothers the ins and outs of a CMPD cruiser, and even showed the kids some of the equipment they use.
Steppe and the other officers then took the boys to one of the local police stations for a tour.
"It's refreshing to know that people support us and kids do want to grow up and be the good guys," said Steppe.
Jackson think the surprise visit will have a big impact on her children, specifically Gray.
"I just want Gray to be happy and I want him to be passionate about something and this right now is it and it just means the world to us."