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Police, Fire Chiefs visit Children's Hospital

Posted at 6:52 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 19:52:47-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A world of fighting crime and fires paused Thursday morning for some very special visits.

“My name is Todd,” Chief Todd Schmaderer, Omaha Police Department said. “This is my friend Dan. He is fire chief and I'm the police chief. We came by specifically to see you today.”

Omaha Fire and Police Chiefs made dozens of children's days with a quick visit.

“I'm really glad to hear you were a firefighter for Halloween,” Chief Dan Olsen, Omaha Fire Department said. “I brought you something too to help with your costume. A junior fire fighter helmet.”

Alicia Huse said this is just what five-year-old Emry needed to brighten her day.

“She gets poked and prodded today or any time we're at the hospital,” Huse said. “So it’s good to have a change of atmosphere and get some happy thoughts.”

“It's hard being in here all day,” Danielle Schmitz, Jake’s Mother said. “Any person that comes in besides a doctor is always very exciting for him.”

“It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Chief Schmaderer said. “Knowing what we do on a daily basis, some of the trauma, and some of the hard things that we deal with, the opportunity to receive that feedback, that happy smile, it makes us feel good in a job where you don't always get that.”

Still, a little friendly competition never hurt anyone.

“If you need anything just call the Fire Chief ok?” Chief Olsen said.

“Tell me you like the police department better,” Chief Schmaderer said.