The Lexington, Kentucky Police Department had a rough ending to its year, having lost one of its more delicious “members” of the community on the final day of 2018.
A now-viral tweet posted on the police department's official Twitter account captured the responding Lexington police officers grieving for a Krispy Kreme doughnut truck that caught on fire and had to be towed from the road.
The truck fire took place near the intersection of Man o' War Boulevard and Pink Pigeon Parkway, which caused some lane closures.
The driver was returning from a delivery when he noticed smoke in the cab of the truck. After getting off of the interstate, another driver flagged him down to inform him that the truck was actually on fire. It is not known how the fire started, but crews were able to quickly extinguish the flames. Luckily, no one was injured. The truck was expected to be a total loss, with some of the delectable treats inside also falling victim to the flames.
The light-hearted tweet is a nod to the long-time stereotype that all police officers have a deep-rooted love for doughnuts.
"The fire department came up with the great idea of us taking a picture in front of the Krispy Kreme truck," police department Public Information and Media Relations Officer Donnell Gordon told NPR following the incident.
Scrolling through the replies to the tweet confirms that the Lexington Police Department has the full support of other police departments, who offer up equally as humorous and light-hearted responses.
“Hang in there, 2019 will get better,” commented the Toledo, Ohio Police Department.
“Come to the Rockies. Break (glazed) bread with us at our table. Console yourselves. And, uhh...avoid the brownies, mmkay? 🍩,” tweeted the Colorado State Patrol, making additional light of the state’s legalized marijuana law.
Even Krispy Kreme got in on the action, capping off a happy ending to the story. The company responded with additional words of encouragement and the promise of more doughnuts, before literally following through and delivering boxes of the deep-fried bites of heaven to the Lexington Police Department.