‘He loved every second:’ Lucky student goes back to school in style with Trooper Steve

Gunnar, of Longwood, gets ride in Results-1

LONGWOOD, Fla. – One lucky Central Florida student got to ride in style with Trooper Steve in Results-1 on his first day of school.

It was a very special first day for Longwood Elementary student Gunner Mihalik. Gunner was entered into the “Back To School Ride-Along” contest to win a ride with Trooper Steve.

But for Gunner, Thursday was special for more than one reason. Gunner is also celebrating his 7th birthday.

Gunner’s dad, Zack Milhalik, also tagged along for the ride with Trooper Steve. He told News 6 it was actually Gunner’s grandmother who entered Gunner into the contest.

“She thought it would be amazing,” Mihalik said. “It’s his birthday so he turns 7 today, and it’s the first day back at school. So super exciting for him and he loved every second of it.”

Zack Mihalik said they couldn’t believe it when Gunner won the contest.

“We made it a special occasion - a nice little dinner and surprised him with it, so it was awesome,” Mihalik said.

Gunner’s parents said his big ride to school with Trooper Steve was all he could talk about to friends and family leading up to the first day.

“He’s got them all pumped,” Mihalik said. “Everybody is pulling for him and they’re all going to watch it on the news.”

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