Before you get outraged by that headline – read on – it’s a good thing!
The events were chronicled on the Whitman Police Department’s Facebook page. I’ll share what was written, and creatively written with lots of heart and humor I must add, in just a sec. Before I copy/paste that I just want to say THANK YOU to the Whitman Police Department. This isn’t something you see every day. It’s not something we should see every day. And actually they make it clear that this is a “one-and-done” situation. DO NOT flood them (or any police department) with copycat requests. Now, back to the thank you. Seeing this humanity and connection is fantastic. And to Wayne & Kristen, congratulations! On the proposal… and on the happy tears you gave me and hopefully more people so I’m not happy tear-ing alone. Alright… on to the copy/paste. This is all from the Whitman Police Department from their Facebook page from here on out! (Video of the proposal is below the description from the PD.)
“On Saturday September 3, 2022 I received a call from a friend, “Swifty”, who works at another Police Department on the S.Shore. Swifty told me that he has a friend named Wayne who would like us (Whitman Police) to help him propose to his girlfriend. Of course the easy response is flat out “No”. But I had to hear more. “Hey Swifty, have Wayne give me a call”.
Wayne calls me, I said “how can I help you?” Wayne said that he wanted the Whitman Police to arrest him so he could propose to his girlfriend Kristen. As you can imagine this was followed by a long silenced pause…. I then asked Wayne to repeat that again, please. “I want you to arrest me” he said. Wayne then began to tell me his plan to propose to his girlfriend “Kristen”.
Wayne had plans to go out to eat at The Patio at McGuiggan’s
in Whitman with his girlfriend and her parents (yes, you read that correctly) on Friday September 9th. He told me that he wanted WPD to come to the restaurant, lock him up in front of his girlfriend and her parents, and then when she comes over to the police cruiser to find out what is going on, he would exit, drop to a knee, and propose.
If you are a regular to our Facebook page then you already know that at this point I’m “all in” for this bizarre idea.
We agreed to talk about it again in a few days as I would need to get it approved by Chief Hanlon.
Chief Hanlon had to be told the idea twice just like I did, but he approved and said “Sure, go ahead. What could go wrong?”.
I relay the green light to Wayne. He seems happy at the prospect of getting locked up in a busy restaurant in front of his girlfriends parents and a bunch of strangers.
Now comes the planning. Lots of things can go wrong here. What if we’re busy answering calls when the time comes? What if Kristen wants nothing to do with her boyfriend who just got arrested? Some of our officers asked, What if Kristen freaks out and becomes disorderly?
Wayne later tells us that the owner of The Patio, Richard Rosen, is in on the gag and so are his future in-laws (we would have loved to have heard that conversation).
The Big Day,
Friday September 9, 2022
The 4-12 shift is compromised of:
Sgt. Andy Stafford
Officer Jeff Cormier
Officer Rob Silva
Wayne has forwarded a picture of himself and what he is wearing so we don’t have any mistaken identity issues. The picture is forwarded to Sgt. Stafford.
A little after 6pm The Patio is starting to fill up. Wayne, Kristen, and future in-laws are sitting at a table by a window. Three Whitman Police cruisers pull up out front. This causes a bit of a stir in the restaurant. Sgt. Stafford, Officer Cormier, and Officer Silva all enter the restaurant, locate Wayne, and attempt to arrest him. Officers Cormier and Silva tell Wayne that he is being placed under arrest. Officer Silva tells Wayne to “stand up, you’re under arrest”, but Wayne does not stand up. Uh oh, somebody is not following the script. Officer Silva repeats his command a couple of times and Wayne finally stands up after his future father-in-law tells him to. They cuff him and walk him out, and place him in the back of a cruiser. Officer Silva quickly and discretely takes the cuffs off Wayne before locking him in the backseat.
At this point Kristen is wondering what is going on and ask to speak to Wayne.
Sgt. Stafford & Officer Cormier escort her to the cruiser. Officer Silva let’s Wayne out of the cruiser, where Wayne proceeds to drop to a knee, produces a large shinny ring, and proposes to Kristen. Some colorful language is heard and Kristen says “Yes!”.
We were very grateful to participate in Wayne and Kristen’s unique proposal. We were fortunate to have some quiet time (no calls) that enabled us to do it.
This was a one-and-done occasion for us. Please do not flood our answering machines with all sorts of crazy request. Wayne fooled us once. It won’t happen again!
To Wayne & Kristen,
The Whitman Police Department wishes you much love, health, and happiness in your future. Congratulations!”
Now let US help you with your first dance! Hahaha:
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