Dozens of officers visit lemonade stand of girl who dreams of being a cop

Robert A. Cronkleton
The Kansas City Star (TNS)
Three-year-old Hannah Pasley of Kansas City, North, dreams of becoming a police officer when she grows up. Hannah sold lemonade over the weekend to earn money to buy herself a police uniform -- and succeeded. After officers from various law enforcement agencies heard about Hannah, they stopped by to buy lemonade and meet her Saturday. (Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star/TNS)


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hannah Pasley’s dream to be a police officer got a boost when dozens of officers made a surprise visit to the 3-year-old girl’s lemonade stand Saturday in Kansas City, North.

The stand attracted so many officers, neighbors became a little alarmed why there was such a strong police presence at the small house just north of Worlds of Fun.

“At one point it was so funny because nobody had anywhere to park,” said Hannah’s aunt Ashly Rooks. “It was literally squad cars all the way down.”

Hannah’s chance meeting with so many officers began Friday. Her parents, Amber and Josh Pasley, had a garage sale. Hannah sold lemonade to raise money for a police uniform she wanted.

Being she didn’t have quite enough money, Hannah went back out at 7 a.m. Saturday to sell more lemonade. By 11 a.m., she had enough, so Rooks took her shopping.

“I love police,” Hannah said Sunday. “I’m going to be a police officer when I get big.”

The efforts to get an officer to stop by began Saturday afternoon when Rooks and one of her friends, Sierra Moore, started posting to Facebook.

Hannah was dressed in her police uniform, but no one was stopping by. Hannah started to get bummed out. So Rooks and Moore thought they would reach out and try to get an officer to stop by.

“I am with a little 3 year old who used her lemonade money to buy a police officer outfit,” Moore wrote in her post that included photos of Hannah in uniform. “She loves police officers and I would love it if someone could come and buy lemonade from her.”

The post started to get shared around.

About an hour and a half later, the first Kansas City police officer stopped by and got lemonade.

“I really thought truly that was going to be it,” Rooks said. “I looked down the street and saw six patrol cars with their lights on.”

Hannah freaked out. And then more and more came. Sheriff’s deputies, police officers, a police dog and horses all from Kansas City and surrounding departments showed up, including from south of the Missouri River.

Moore wrote that “50 plus police officers” show up.

“We even had a helicopter fly over,” Moore wrote in a Facebook post. “This made not only this little girl happy but us happy as well.”

Rooks and Moore each posted more than 20 photos and four videos to Facebook later in the day. Those have gone viral, as people from across the country have responded to the post.

“My heart is beside itself today,” Rooks wrote in her post. “Just about every cop in the Kansas City area has came by and brought lemonade from this sweet baby.

“Just from the pictures below you can see the pure JOY all the officers brought to her face.”

Hannah continued to wear her police uniform on Sunday. She showed a Kansas City Police Department patch and a Clay County Junior Deputy badge officers gave her the day before.

Hannah has always had a love for law enforcement officers, Amber Pasley said.

“When we go to QuikTrip or anywhere that she sees police, she has to stop and we have to wave and talk,” Pasley said. “She just loves it. It’s her favorite.”

The officers have even offered to give her a tour of the police station.

“It’s incredible. They went above and beyond expectations,” Pasley said. “We were just hoping for one officer, and we just got so many … She will never forget this — ever.”