A terrible tragedy helped develop a wonderful friendship in Connecticut.
A little boy from Coventry witnessed his father's death, but a Connecticut State Police trooper, who responded to the call, made a big difference in the child's life.
Sunday was special day for Austin McLean. Besides getting some new gifts, he met a new friend at Henry Park in Vernon.
Trooper Kaila Michonski was with Austin on the worst day of his life. It was one year ago Austin’s dad got into a fight with someone. He was shot and died at the hospital.
Michonski remembers how Austin was that day.
"Shaken up, but he was calm,” Michonski said. “He knew what happened and was able to tell us things and help us."
She held Austin in her arms and gave him a teddy bear. It turns out Austin was really touched by trooper Michonski. They have been talking about her for a while and this weekend, they met for the first time since that terrible day.
"I think its amazing everybody together, obviously met a lot to everybody,” Austin’s mother Vanessa McLean said.
This has been a difficult time, but Austin’s mom said having a new friend has really helps. In fact, they've now become part of bigger family.
Michonski gave a bear, a bat from the state police and a personal shirt.
Austin said he misses climbing trees with his dad the most. He added that his dad was his best buddy.
On Sunday, Austin was going to play some baseball with his new friends.
Austin said right now he wants to be a state trooper like his friend someday.
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