Last week, an 8 year old NJ girl, Mikayla, and her mom Mimi Jiminez-Raji were having dinner at Villa Borgese in Helmetta (Jamesburg), New Jersey. Patrolman Joseph Quinn stopped by for food. They greeted him with a smile and chatted for a few minutes. When he went to pay, he was advised that someone had paid for his food anonymously. It was time for some sleuthing to find out who.
It’s always special when an anonymous person pays for a police officer’s food, but this story doesn’t stop there. Officer Quinn learned that Mikayla was the one who paid for his meal. She has a special place in her heart for police officers: both her mother and her father were officers on the Perth Amboy Department.
Mikayla’s father, Thomas Raji, was killed in the line of duty by a drunk driver on August 8, 2008, 7 months before she was born. She never knew him. Her mother was also an officer at the time, though she is now retired.
The Department invited Mikayla to the Jamesburg Police Department, and also invited her to be a guest of honor at a Memorial Day Parade (which she accepted, according to CBS Local). They also started a GoFundMe page to raise money for her future education.
The Facebook post from Jamesburg Police had numerous heartwarming comments.
Mikayla and her Mom have even appeared on NBC news, according to one of the people who commented on the story. One person was Thomas Raji’s midnight partner. Some of the other comments:
Margaret – This brought tears to my eyes. I remember that day like it was yesterday. Mrs. Raji I thank you and your husband for your service as 2 of Perth Amboys Finest. Your daughters act of gratitude to Ptl. Quinn is a testament to the beautiful way you have raised your daughter.
Joseph – God bless you Mikayla! Your father was a great man and gave his life to help others. Your mother is a wonderful parent and is obviously doing an equally great job of raising you to be a loving, caring and generous soul. Joseph R. Seda, (P.A.P.D., retired).