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Police surprise boy with autism at his birthday party after no one RSVPs

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For a third year in a row, none of Daniel Nicastro's classmates sent an RSVP for his birthday party. But this time, his parents were ready.

A few days before the bash, they hand-delivered an invitation to their local police department, home to the men and women Daniel "truly believes are superheroes," according to his mom.

They explained their family was throwing a party for their soon-to-be 8-year-old son, who has autism, and said that having the Florida officers there would help make up for the classmates who wouldn't attend.

"We weren't really expecting much, maybe for one or two to show up. Nothing big, just a couple of officers making a show to say 'Hi,'" Carolyn Nicastro told NBC.

But on Sunday, June 12, more than a half dozen patrol cars from the North Port Police Department filed into the lot of a local park where Daniel's relatives were celebrating his birthday. The sight sent the birthday boy into shock.

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