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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.”

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