It all started when 9-year-old Tyler Carach decided to spend his hard-earned allowance on buying doughnuts and coffee as a way of saying thank-you to four local police officers in his home-state of Florida.
From there Carach, with the help of his mother and siblings, embarked on a journey through 13 states (so far) to personally thank every cop in America with a gift of doughnuts and coffee.
“I donut need a reason to thank a cop,” says Carach, reciting the phrase emblazoned in giant letters on his doughnut-themed cape that he proudly displayed to officers at the Vermont State Police barracks in Royalton earlier this month after his delivery of 40 half-dozen boxes of doughnuts, courtesy of the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in Randolph. To date, Carach has distributed more than 22,000 of the holey pastries to law enforcement personnel, earning him the super-hero-esque “doughnut boy” moniker that has gone viral on social media.
“It’s awesome to see someone so young supporting the law enforcement community … there are a lot of people out there who are afraid to,” said officer John Breault of the Royalton Police Department, who received some of the doughnuts and distributed them to the Royalton town clerk’s office and highway crew.
“It’s unusual for someone to go out of their way to show appreciation like that,” said Breault.
But despite his extended road trip, Carach says his enthusiasm and seemingly boundless energy for law enforcement are nowhere near spent.
“One day I want to be a cop and protect the world too, so this is very important to me!” said Carach excitedly as he toured the barracks.
“It’s great for someone so young to have that type of goal,” said Breault in a telephone interview. “When I was 5, I wanted to be a police officer too,” he said. “My parents thought I was crazy, they assumed I’d change my mind between 5 and 18-years old,” laughed Breault, “But years later here I am.”
This article was originally published in the Randolph Herald on Aug. 3.