New­est boy in blue only 4

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - TOMMY LIV­INGSTON

Crim­i­nals be­ware: there is a new cop on the block, and his name is Liam Par­sons.

The 4-year-old from Tu­at­a­pere, South­land, was flown to Welling­ton on Fri­day so his dream of be­com­ing a po­lice­man could be brought to life.

He spent the day don­ning past and present po­lice uni­forms, rac­ing around the skid track in a po­lice car and test­ing the obe­di­ence of the po­lice dogs.

Liam, an acute asthma suf­ferer, is the face of this year’s Count­down Kids Hos­pi­tal Ap­peal, which raises money for much­needed med­i­cal equip­ment in 11 chil­dren’s wards across the coun­try.

His dad, Gra­ham Par­sons, a se­nior con­sta­ble in Tu­at­a­pere, said it was great to see his son live out a dream.

‘‘It is re­ally spe­cial to come out and ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing like this, it is all about him. He is one of four kids, and is the youngest so he doesn’t al­ways get the ex­tras.’’

How long he will live with the asthma con­di­tion was un­clear, but his par­ents were hope­ful he would grow out of it.

Count­down Welling­ton group man­ager Cameron Black said giving Liam the chance to be a cop was a priv­i­lege.

The ap­peal, which kicked off yes­ter­day, was in its tenth year. In that time, more than $9.3 mil­lion has been raised for chil­dren’s wards.

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