North Carolina police officers responded to a noise complaint but found kids enjoying a neighborhood slip and slide instead.
So they joined the party.
Senior police officers Joe Jones and Carrie Lee arrived at the source of the noise on Sunday only to find a neighborhood Fourth of July block party in progress, complete with an enormous water slide, ABC News reported.
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Instead of shutting the festivities down, Jones and Lee joined the kids and took a turn getting wet.
“The officers got there and people were like, ‘Oh my gosh, the cops are here. They’re going to shut us down.’ But they noticed the noise was fine. It was literally the sound of kids playing,” public information officer Christina Hallingse told ABC News. “The Slip ‘N Slide they noticed was so far off the street that cars and emergency vehicles could still pass through so it was perfectly fine and they decided to join in on the fun. There were no citations issued.”
“They had such good energy. All the kids were loving it,” nearby resident, Travis Eagledove, said.
Lee was the first to take the plunge, riding down the slide in a large garbage bag.
“When the female officer asked for a garbage bag, we almost didn’t believe it. But she took off her radio and went for it! ,” neighbor Katlen Joyce Smith wrote to ABC News. “ They told us to have a great day, posed for some pictures and thanked us for the fun!”
And the kids were not going to let Jones miss out on the fun when he did not fit in a trash bag.
“He thought he was going to get away with it because he couldn’t fit in a trash bag but then a little boy ran and got a big raft,” Hallingse said.
“My butt is wet,” Jones could be heard saying at the end of the now viral video. The officer was also credited with setting the slip and slide record for the neighborhood.
“He was the only one that made it all the way from the top to the bottom,” Eagledove said. “It was the best slide from the three days of it being there. That was the only time, even out of the all the adults and everybody, that’s the only time the inner tube made it from all the way to the bottom.”
The Asheville Police Department shared a video of Lee and Jones reacting to their video going viral.
The officers were praised and applauded on social media for their willingness to join the kids and be part of the community.
“All communities need officers like you…protectors and friends of the people!! Way to go!!!” wrote one Facebook user.
“What a difference you make…..everyday! This was a lovely story!!!!! Thank you for all you do,” wrote another.
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