BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Some real-life superheroes dropped in on some patients Friday morning from the roof of Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.
The Baton Rouge Police Department SWAT Team, in conjunction with the Baton Rouge Union of Police, Back the Blue of Baton Rouge, and ROCO, dressed as Batman, Spiderman, Superman and Captain America rappelled down the side of the hospital to the children's hospital on the third floor to visit children battling cancer and other serious illness.
The event is just one of many that the Baton Rouge Union of Police Officers are involved in, Chad King, treasurer of the Baton Rouge Union of Police, said.
"The children of Baton Rouge are our future and continued interaction between our youth and police officers is vital to the growth and future of our city. At the top of the list of what each member of law enforcement strives to reinforce each and every day is their relationship within the community. The importance of this outreach should not be understated. The community needs its police and the police need the continued support of its community," said King.
Brandon Blust, of Back the Blue of Baton Rouge, said visiting the children at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital is not just therapy and fun for the children, but their strength and smiles gives officers hope and strength to keep working to improve the world.
"Many believe that the police are here to only serve the community, but that is not always the case. In many cases, the community comes together in support of the police and it is that support that keeps these men and women working hard risking their lives to protect their community," Blust said.
The superheroes also took time to go room to room visiting with the children who are currently patients at Our Lady of the Lake.