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Ferndale police chief gets massive birthday doughnut

Four little pigs and a badge decorate a 7-pound maple bar given to Ferndale Police Chief Michael Knapp on Monday, June 29, for his 75th birthday. Friend Bruce Mooney had the Ferndale Haggen make the special treat.
Four little pigs and a badge decorate a 7-pound maple bar given to Ferndale Police Chief Michael Knapp on Monday, June 29, for his 75th birthday. Friend Bruce Mooney had the Ferndale Haggen make the special treat. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The joke that police officers eat a lot of doughnuts was pushed to a new level for Ferndale Police Chief Michael Knapp’s birthday.

On Monday, June 29, the chief was surprised with a 7-pound maple bar for his 75th birthday.

“It came out of the blue,” Knapp said with a laugh. “Who gets a 7-pound maple bar?”

Knapp’s friend Bruce Mooney had to special order the colossal dessert from the Ferndale Haggen. He requested the biggest doughnut possible, which resulted in a maple bar the size of a sheet cake topped with pink pigs and a badge to poke fun at Knapp’s position as police chief.

“They did a beautiful job,” Mooney said, noting that it had been made fresh that morning.

But as soon as word of the dessert spread through the station, its appearance was quickly overwhelmed by its taste and was soon devoured, Knapp said.

Despite its short life, Knapp said the sentiment behind the doughnut was one of the most meaningful he received for his birthday.

“I hope I’m around in 10 more years and (Mooney) can do it again,” Knapp said.

Libby Keller can be reached at 360-715-2242 or libby.keller@bellinghamherald.com.

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