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Boys open lemonade stand to help the family of a Cleveland police officer who died suddenly

Posted at 9:48 AM, Jul 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-08 10:04:12-04

A lemonade stand on Vandalia Avenue in Brooklyn had people from across the area lining up with money in hand to buy ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day. But people were lining up for more than just a taste of a delicious summertime drink, and the two boys behind the stand were selling with a purpose.

"Make some money for the police officers," six-year-old Gideon Trank said.

Just last week, the boys raised money for the Sea of Blue. They donated $300 that went to a police officer fighting cancer. Now, they are on a mission to raise money Cleveland Police Officer Vu Nguyen's family. The 25-year veteran of the department collapsed on Monday while taking a physical agility assessment test for the K-9 unit. Sadly, Nguyen passed away.

Many of the police officers who stopped by the lemonade stand on Saturday knew Nguyen.

"I knew him before he was a police officer," retired Cleveland Police Detective Cliff Kime said. "A genuine person, a real tragedy. A kind, awesome, guy." 

Those who protect and serve were grateful to the two little boys with big hearts.

"Our hearts go out to the family," Avery Trank said. "We want to do our part to show support."