When four-year-old Sidney Fahrenbruch moved into her new house in Longmont, Colorado with her family, she thought the place might be infested with monsters. Sidney said that she was concerned that monsters were around because she “heard sounds when people weren’t up.” Sidney had never been concerned with monsters before, but the new house was causing her some worries. She told her parents that she was afraid that the monsters would hurt the family, and it became a big concern for her parents as she was losing sleep.
Sidney said there were “White monsters and blue monsters and black monsters” in the house, but thankfully she was able to call for backup from a friend she met a few weeks prior. Sidney and her family attended a community event where she met Longmont Police Officer David Bonday. Sidney’s mother Megan Fahrenbruch said after meeting Bonday, the family called him in so that he could “monster-proof” the home.
Sidney said “that’s what police officers do.” Bonday said “Sidney’s been to our police department before to bring us food and things like that, and I thought it would be a great thing to do to give a little back to her.” When he arrived at the house, Bonday and Sidney searched in closets, under tables and other nooks and crannies of the home to make sure there were no monsters.
When looking under the couch, Bonday told Sidney that “Man you are super, super brave.” The house was declared monster-free, and Sidney was able to sleep better at night. Bonday said the experience allowed people who heard their story to “understand that they can have a good trust of the police and that we’re here even for the monsters, even if it’s just something like monsters in the house.”
“It’s just amazing the confidence he’s given her,” Megan Fahrenbruch said. “We’re truly grateful to live in a town where the police officer will pay a kid any attention.” Because of the friendship, Sidney says she wants to be a police officer, and says that Bonday is her “best friend.” “She wants to grow up and be a cop and help other people find monsters, as well,” Megan said.
A few months after their monster hunt, Sidney found out some bad news about her best friend’s colleague. Longmont Police Officer Kyle Zulauf had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and the department had been hoping to raise money to help him pay for medical bills and further surgery. When Sidney discovered that one of her friends was in trouble, she decided to pitch in.
With that, Sidney broke open her piggy bank and took out everything she had to give it to the Longmont Police Department to help Zulauf. It wasn’t a large amount, but Sidney was happy that she had just over $10 to donate. Her mother said “It feels good that she’s so giving. She wanted to save the money for a toy, but decided someone needed it more than her.” The department responded on social media, saying “Words are not available for what this means to us.”
Sidney was able to drop off her piggy bank money on her weekly visit where she gets to hang around Bonday and the other police officers. When she dropped it off, Sidney said “I brought it to help people with cancer. I like (police officers). They help people, and they take bad people to jail.” Bonday told her that “I bet he is going to have a big thank-you for you. And you get a second hug for bringing this in.”
Megan was very happy that her daughter was able to help just a little bit. Even if it isn’t a lot of money, it’s sure to lift the spirits of Zulauf and the department. “It was surprising that a four-year-old would give her money,” she said. “Sidney is just a kind-hearted child. We are very proud of her.” She added that “The cops were crying when she handed the money over. It was a very emotional moment, just that a child can understand the situation. The police department was overwhelmed.”
The department has also continued to create fundraisers and other events to help Zulauf pay for his recovery, and Sidney will be along for the entire ride. She’s often seen wearing police department shirts and gear, and it’s almost as if she’s a member of the police force. One day, Sidney hopes to be wearing the official badge of the department, as well.