Amid the frantic holiday shopping Dec. 20, Officer Chase Trammell detailed the finer points of “Battlefield V” versus “Fortnite” with Blake Jordan in the Gainesville Walmart, as the 12-year-old tried to decide how to spend his $200.
“When I’m not working and not dealing with my 4-year-old, I’m playing Xbox,” Trammell said.
Trammell worked to get Blake squared away with all his video game wants as Gainesville Police celebrated its 16th annual “Shop with a Cop.”
The event served 25 families with a final price tag of roughly $5,200 over two days of shopping.
It was a bittersweet afternoon for Chief Carol Martin, who will be retiring next year and handing the reins to Deputy Chief Jay Parrish.
“It’s sad, but I’m having a good time. I enjoy watching the kids run around trying to figure out what they’re going to get,” said Martin, who assumed command of the department in 2014.
Manning the cart through the video game section, Martin helped a young shopper along with her officers.
“It’s the last one, and everyone knows she loves Christmas,” Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said, who took up bagging and checkout duties as the children rolled up to register 22.
Officer Chase Fears and Carter Jordan, 8, ran along the toy section back row to get to the Treasure X, a series of toys where kids dig up buried treasure and hidden explorers.
With the last $57 to his account, Carter grabbed five of the Treasure X and finished off with a $7 Beyblade toy.
As they unloaded a cart of slime and a collection of baby doll accessories, Officer Allison Lathem commended 9-year-old Makhya Barner for her choices.
At the end of the checkout line, Becca Jordan, 3, pretended to strum her “Frozen” guitar still in the box.
Pilgrim’s Pride was the main sponsor for the event.