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Victorville deputy uses her social media influence to surprise boy with autism

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — When Victorville Deputy Meagan Forsberg received a request for a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s patch, she happily obliged and then some.

14-year old Kenny, who lives in New Jersey, has a love for Law Enforcement and Military.

“Although his Autism may keep him from pursuing them as a career, it doesn’t keep him from volunteering at his local Police Department and collecting memorabilia,” stated Victorville sheriff’s spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez.

Now, thanks to Deputy Forsberg and hundreds of others, Kenny will soon have over 275 new patches to add to his collection.

In an email, Kenneth’s father told Forsberg his son loves sharing his collection and enjoys telling the story behind each patch, Letter from a Chief and ball cap that is sent.

“When he receives a letter or a package Kenny lights up with joy and excitement, the emotional expression he has is incredible,” stated Kenneth Laufer Sr.

Forsberg put out a call or an “all points bulletin” on her Instagram account and before she knew it she was receiving multiple patches and collectibles from all over the world for Kenny.

“Well I decided since I have a large following on social media I would reach out to my followers. Long story short, I’ve received hundreds of matches from federal, state and local agencies from overseas and west to east coast!,” Forsberg told Victor Valley News. 

Thank you Deputy Forsberg for being a great representative of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s, Victorville Station and for having one of the kindest hearts around.

“As for you Kenny…thank you for your support of Law Enforcement and your volunteer spirit. You are a shining star,” stated Rodriguez.

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