Fallen officer’s 8-year-old daughter pays for patrolman’s meal
There's a story that was posted on the Jamesburg Police Facebook page of 8-year-old Mikayla Raji. Mikayla was with her mom Mimi Jimenez-Raji, dining at the Villa Borgese in Helmetta when Patrolman Quinn walked in to pick up food.
Mikayla asked and insisted to her mom that she anonymously pay for Quinn's food. Which they did.
After some investigating as to who the anonymous person was, we've come to find out that Mikayla's father, Thomas Raji, lost his life on the job as a Perth Amboy police officer at the hands of a drunken driver in 2008. Sadly, Mikayla never met her father Thomas, as she was born 7 months after her dad's death.
Jamesburg Police posted the story about Mikayala's amazing gesture and wrote this to both mother Mimi and Mikayla:
On behalf of all the members of the Jamesburg Police Department, we want to thank you for Tommy's service as well as yours. Mikayla is a great kid, and you should be very proud of her.
Thank you for buying Ptl. Quinn's dinner. You have an OPEN invitation to stop by Headquarters whenever you want, and this time dinner is on us! Your dad would be so proud of the person you are. If you ever need us for anything, you can guarantee we will be there for you.
Since then, the Jamesburg Police have set up a GOFundMe page for Mikayla's education.
Stories like this are why I started #BlueFriday. We need the media to cover more stories like this and highlight amazing people like Mikayala and Patrolman Quinn. We want to honor, Mimi, Mikayala, Patrolman Quinn and the Jamesburg Police Dept. for all being a special part of this story, as our #BlueFriday honorees.