Author: Mike Wood
By PoliceOne Staff
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — A Navy veteran who’s about to lose his vision had his wish fulfilled thanks to a Florida police department.
WTVT reported that 88-year-old Stanley Gold is 75 percent blind and has a short time left with any vision. Before losing his vision, Gold asked the Pembroke Pines Police Department if he could try its night-vision goggles.
On July 11, members of the department’s SWAT unit arrived at Gold’s home to fulfill his wish. The department posted a video of the Korean War veteran trying on the goggles on Twitter. One officer is heard on the video asking Gold if he’s “ready to go to work.”
88-year old Navy Veteran Stanley Gold, who is 75% blind, reached out to our officers & asked if he could try their night vision equipment before he lost his vision completely. Last night members of our PPPD SWAT met with Mr. Gold to make his dream a reality. pic.twitter.com/gpsDKAqICC
— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) July 12, 2018
“I already spent 37 years at the post office,” Gold replied with a laugh.
After letting him try the goggles, Gold said he appreciated the officer’s kind gesture and gave them each a Klondike bar as a gesture of thanks.
“I was thrilled, completely thrilled that they came,” Gold told WSVN. “If one person would have come I would have been thrilled, but to see five of them come in to my house with their uniforms on, it was really great.”