Some Hartford officers took a break from patrols to spend some time with patients at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Eyewitness News was there for the heartwarming visit on Wednesday.
Children there said being in the hospital is tough, but the visit from more than a dozen officers took their minds off of the experience.
"I think it's really fun getting to meet all the people who protect and serve," said Ike Asidianya, a patient.
Police said they spent quality time with the children and delivered toys with their very own police badge.
"It allows them to be a little distracted from what they're dealing with on a daily basis," said Officer Kelly Baerga, Hartford police.
Seeing their children's faces light up, parents said it was a welcome relief.
"Right now, we spend most of the time in the hospital," said Jendy Canales, a mother. "It's actually our second home, as we considered. It's really great that the community cares about us."
Police said they have to patrol through some tough neighborhoods, but seeing a sick child fighting to recover is why they called Wednesday's experience "the toughest beat."
They said there was nowhere else they'd rather be.
"To see the children smiling, and to engage in some conversation, it really brightens our day," Baerga said.
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