Lake County Sheriff Deputy Ed Donahoe (left) and Deputy Mike Nudi (right) pose with Micah (middle) to deliver him a new football. | Provided Photo.

Two Lake County sheriff’s deputies used their own money to buy a boy a new football after “older bullies” stole his football in unincorporated Gurnee, the sheriff’s office said.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Ed Donahoe and Deputy Mike Nudi were investigating a suspicious person call at a park in unincorporated Gurnee Friday evening.

Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli said that the deputies ran into a father of a boy named Micah.

The father told the deputies he was looking for his son’s football after some older bullies stole it from his son at the park, Covelli said.

Micah was “extremely upset” in his father’s car. Deputies Donahoe and Nudi cleared the scene of the call and went to a nearby store.

Covelli said they bought a brand new football and split the cost with their own money.

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Donahoe and Nudi then drove over to Micah’s home and surprised the boy with the new football to cheer him up.

“It definitely brightened his day. You’re a cool dude, Micah! We can’t wait to see you throw a few bombs with your new ball!” the sheriff’s office said.