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Former deputy given feel-good ride in squad car by Burlington PD officer

Former officer Don Reeder's Thursday was made when a BPD officer who works at his nursing home offered him a nostalgia trip.

BURLINGTON, Iowa — A former Des Moines County deputy was surprised with a nostaglia trip on Thursday, April 15 when a Burlington Police Officer offered him a ride in his squad car.

Don Reeder, a resident at the Bickford of Burlington nursing home, served as a deputy in Des Moines County for over 30 years before retiring.

He had a surprise meeting with Bickford's maintenance man, Burlington Police Department Officer Chad Zahn, who thanked Reeder for his career of service, and had one more surprise in store.

Officer Zahn offered Reeder an ride in his squad car, which he accepted with enthusiasm and a hearty smile.

On the ride, Reeder made a request to turn on the lights and sirens, and even offered to assist with a call.

Bickford noted that the experience made Reeder's day, and thanked BPD and Officer Zahn for making the experience happen.

Bickford says that its staff was overjoyed and brought to tears seeing what the trip meant to him.