A kid, a cop, a cake

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As his birthday party continued, 5-year-old Mekhi was suddenly worried. He saw the tears streaming down the face of his mom, Shauntel Norman. “You happy?” Mekhi asked, concern written all over his face. Indeed Shauntel was. A month earlier, Shauntel and Mekhi came from a rough situation in Missouri. “We got displaced,” Shauntel said. It was a chance encounter that led to the blessing Tuesday at the Keizer Community Center. “I knew about this, but I didn’t know if anyone would show up,” Shauntel said in the room filled with friends, food and gifts for Mekhi. “This is amazing.” Last month, officer Eric Jefferson with the Keizer Police Department was leaving a call at Simonka Place, where Shauntel and Mekhi had just moved. Mekhi came forward and introduced himself to Jefferson. “He said, ‘I’m 4 but I have a birthday coming up, on Tax Day,’” Jefferson recalled. “I said, ‘When’s that?’ He said, ‘April 15.’” Jefferson was quickly impressed. But more was to come. “He’s so full of life,” the officer said. “We’ve got a connection. He asked if I wanted to come to his birthday party. When I said yes, he said, ‘OK, but you will need to change, because your uniform will scare people.’” When Jefferson got back to the office that day, he knew what needed to be done. “I...

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