Only one friend attended this 6-year-old boy's birthday party

A little boy in South Carolina got to celebrate his birthday twice: After only one friend showed up to his birthday party, the local fire department decided to throw him another one.

The City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department took to its Facebook page to share the story of a party the fire department held for a local boy named Cooper, who was disappointed when only one of his classmates showed up to his 6th birthday party. But after a community member gave the local fire department a call, the members were quick to come to his rescue.

"We jumped on board and said we'll do whatever we can to make sure he has a great birthday and that more than one child shows up," Beaufort firefighter Ross Vezin tells Yahoo Lifestyle. "We made arrangements to pick him up from school along with his mom and brother, and we brought him to the bowling alley where we had another engine company there, along with a biker group called Bikers Against Bullies."

The fire department was also able to bring nearly 75 other kids from school to celebrate alongside Cooper, whose mother, Nicoala Shiflet, said he has difficulty making friends because he suffers from autism.

"They had cake and presents and got to do some bowling," Vezin continues, adding that the party came to be known as "Cooper's Birthday 2.0."

From riding in a fire truck to seeing the motorcycles from Bikers Against Bullies and even being welcomed by so many new friends, Vezin is certain that Cooper loved his celebration. And it won't be the last time that the little boy gets to hang out with the fire department responsible for it.

"We're also going to have him up next week," Vezin says. "We're going to give him a fire department T-shirt and a tour of our fire station."

This article first appeared on Yahoo

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