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South Brunswick Twp Police Department
Thursday April 11th, 2019 :: 04:27 p.m. EDT


Police throw Superhero Pizza Party

Police Throw Superheroes Pizza Party
South Brunswick Police made good on a promise to throw a pizza party for some “Superheroes” Wednesday afternoon. The police were recognizing the outstanding care and compassion the middle schoolers had shown to a 5 year old boy named Carter. The story of the group’s compassion has gone nationwide with over 15 million people viewing the story on TV, social media and airing on CBS News Sunday Morning.  

The story began when Kristen Braconi brought her son Carter, who has high functioning autism and ADHD, to the South Brunswick skate park on Tuesday March 26th  to celebrate his birthday. They had the park to themselves for about a half hour before a group of middle schoolers showed up. “He wasn’t sure if they were going to take over the park or include him, so he was like, ‘Oh no, I guess I’m going to have to leave.’ He doesn’t always do well with large groups of people,” Braconi said. “But these kids came up to him, started being super nice and playing and showing him things.”

She posted a video of how niece the kids were to her son on social media. It caught the attention of the South Brunswick Police Department, who sent out a tweet looking to identify the young kids and promised a party for the superheroes.

The party was held Wednesday afternoon at Crossroads North Middle School where all the “superheroes” go to school. The kids who were recognized were Gavin Mabes, David Lakatos, Aaron Perna, Luis Velazquez, Damon Andon, Jiya Salman, Jessica George, Lauren Mazur, Samantha Schwab and Om Patel. In addition to the police officers and school staff, Carter and his Mom were present. Police provided the group with pizza, cookies and a gift bag from the department.
Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “Those few minutes in the skate park exemplified what we all hope for in our young people, care and concern. Their story has gained national attention and made us all proud. It is sometimes in the smallest of acts that we can make the biggest impact. This party was a great way to recognize these young people.”

South Brunswick Twp Police Department
540 Ridge Rd
South Brunswick Township, NJ 08852

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