Residents at Brookdale Overland Park 119th met a burgeoning Kansas City hero on Friday. Six-year-old Oliver Davis rode into the senior living community on his mini police motorcycle, dressed in uniform as “Officer Oliver.” He gave residents flowers, hugs and citations for “being cute.” Oliver says his job is to help people and get them to smile.
“That policeman gave us the good kind of tickets,” said Sharon Bighley, a Brookdale resident.
“What this little guy is doing is fantastic and we need more of it,” said resident Frank Bardwell. “When you turn on the TV, all you get is the bad and we need to see more good in this world.”
Oliver received a letter from his local police department thanking him for giving officers cookies in 2017. The letter included an image of the department’s seal, and Oliver asked if the letter meant he could be an actual police officer. His mother told him yes, and he decided his job was to help people and the best way to do that was by making them smile. He visited three senior living centers last year and made a New Year’s resolution to visit more. He’s visited 18 senior living communities in the Kansas City area so far.
Brookdale CEO Cindy Baier chatted with Oliver via Facetime from her office in Nashville, Tennessee. Baier thanked him for what he was doing, invited him to visit more communities and said he’s got the spirit to be a great Brookdale associate. Oliver also received a Brookdale-branded Everyday Heroes lunch box and letter from Baier.
“Oliver is truly a very special young man,” Baier said. “I hope your dream of becoming a police officer comes true. I just know you’ll do a great job.”
During their chat, Baier asked if Oliver would show her his motorcycle. He quickly hopped on the electric bike and did a wheelie across the community’s dining room to the delight of residents gathered around.
“I like doing this because it makes the people smile and when I see them smile, it makes me smile,” Oliver said.
He plans to visit one senior living community each week during the rest of the summer.