When officer Andrew Gould’s son was a small child, he longed to be just like his father, a police officer. His hopes come true twenty years later.
The Auburn, Washington Police Department’s Facebook page released a side-by-side shot of the father-son duo replicating a heartwarming image from 1998 this past weekend in honor of Father’s Day: “When I get bigger, I’m going to be my Dad’s partner and arrest the evil guys and burglars,” the handwritten caption reads on the original photograph of Gould with his young son in a patrol car.
A few changes have been made to the current photograph: It shows Gould without a mustache and a few grey hairs, but still in his police uniform, while his son, now an adult in a sheriff’s outfit, is crushed onto his father’s lap in the driver’s side of a patrol vehicle.
“Fitting Officer Gould’s kid in his patrol vehicle on Father’s Day this year was a tight squeeze at 6’7,” says the officer. the caption observes “As you can see, his son did, as prophesied in this Father’s Day letter from 1998, follow his father into law enforcement. It was a great homage to father and son to recreate the photo 20 years later. I hope all of you fathers had as good a day as our own Officer Gould!”
The post has received over 2.8K shares and 2K likes on Facebook.
According to KIRO7, Gould followed in his father’s footsteps into law enforcement and, while they are not partners, his son works as a King County Sheriff’s officer in the same region.
“Wow, that’s some amazing stuff right there!!!!” A commenter remarked, “Thank you BOTH for your service.” Another was written, “Thanks for pointing us in the right direction, Dad.” Junior, thank you for following those large footprints! “Be careful!”