Sadie Hawkins Dance

In case you didn’t know, a Sadie Hawkins Dance is when the girl asks the boy to a dance. One year, my daughter wanted to ask her boyfriend so she asked me if a Highway Patrolman would stop him on his way home from school. I asked another officer if he would do her the favor.

One day, after school, the officer met my daughter and I and took her in his patrol car. When the boy drove away from the school, the officer waited for him to turn down a side street, then put on all of his emergency lights and siren. The boy pulled to the right shoulder in a panic. The officer told him he stopped for driving too fast near a school zone. He then asked him to exit his vehicle and step onto the sidewalk. He was very nervous as he did as instructed.

Once he got onto the sidewalk, my daughter exited the back seat of the car with a poster and balloons and asked him to the dance. He was excited about her asking him, but his heartbeat took awhile to calm down. Six years later, that boy became a Highway Patrolman and married my daughter the very next day. -BS

The author, Brian Smith, served four years in the United States Marine Corps, and retired as an Assistant Chief with the California Highway Patrol. He resides in Bakersfield, CA. If you have a personal “Cop Tale” to share, please contact Brian at

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