Thursday, there was a sweet surprise for two women who have been baking cakes for their local police officers for 15 years. The officers give the best friends a special thank you in return.
It's a labor of love for Carol Merrell and Wylene Roberts, who get a kick out of making cakes for police officers.
"We started doing it, and it got to be fun, more fun than work," Merrell said.
The pair has been baking together for more than a decade. They met while in a Citizens Police Academy in the late nineties, and they have been stuck together like icing ever since.
“We both like to bake and host dinners, and we love our officers, so what better way to give back?” Merrell said.
Like clockwork, the two keep showering sweets to the Santa Fe Patrol Division. They keep a detailed multi-paged list for more than officers' birthdays.
“We keep track of the names manually, and on another piece of paper, I'll write the names and cut little strips and put them in a tin box and shake it up, and we draw to see which one is going to get a gift,” Merrell said.
So as a big surprise, the officers turned the tables on the two women and held a special banquet in their honor.
“You've held potluck dinners, brought up food all the time, big full spread of roast beef dinners for all 3 shifts, you bring breakfast for the guys in the morning, and this is something you have done over and over again consistently for 15 years, everybody here knows who you are,” said Major Patrick Stewart of the Santa Fe Patrol Division.
The officers presented them with flowers, gift cards, plaques and of course, a cake. All to say their sweet service is much appreciated.
Both women said the surprise stunned them and really put the cherry on top.
"Blown away, it was surreal, I just couldn't believe it, and I couldn't believe that they pulled it off and surprised us, we didn't suspect anything, we thought we were going to be serving the punch and cake like we always do," said Roberts.
“You can't appreciate them enough, it's a dangerous job, I pray for them every night, and some of the public has a very negative attitude about our police department, and we do all we can to be goodwill ambassadors to the public.”
Both Roberts and Merrell said they will continue baking and serving cake to the officers who work hard to serve their community.