Pembroke Pines Police grant elderly veteran’s wish to use night-vision equipment before he goes blind

PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) - Stanley Gold knows his days of being able to properly see are numbered.

The 88-year-old Korean War veteran is already 75 percent blind and wanted to experience what it’s like to use night-vision equipment before he completely loses his eyesight.

Gold reached out to Pembroke Pines Police, asking if he could be allowed to use their night-vision goggles.

Officers from the department’s SWAT team packed up their gear and visited Gold Wednesday night to make his dream come true.

“I’m a tall guy. I’m 6 foot 2 [inches], 198 [pounds] but I look like a peanut compared to them,” Gold said.

After letting him tinker with the goggles and taking some pictures with his family, officers had to get back to work.

But before they left, Gold gave them each a Klondike bar as a gesture of thanks for their kindness.

“I was thrilled, completely thrilled that they came,” Gold said. “If one person would have come I would have been thrilled, but to see five of them come in to my house with their uniforms on, it was really great.”

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