Father surprises daughter with first responder parade on 18th birthday

A Virginia father decided to do something special for his daughter’s 18th birthday by bringing in a number of surprise guests to a parade. Simuel Oliver Lewis III, of Radford, Va., invited first responders to help his daughter Jera celebrate her birthday. “I had seen news stories about other people who had parades to celebrate special occasions, so I decided to see if I could arrange one for my daughter,” he said. Because Jera’s mother recently had a kidney transplant, Lewis wanted to ensure that the celebration would be safe as well. So, the father reached out to his local police and fire departments in person to see if they would want to participate in an outdoor parade. They happily agreed. “Jera was very happy and excited, waving to first responders as they drove by,” the father recalled. “[The parade] spoke to how special a person Jera is and that people really love her and have really missed being with her,” Lewis told the station