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ASPEN, Colo. — A Facebook post by the Aspen Police Department spread a little sunshine on Monday.

The post details the actions of three police officers who realized that a repeat offender, a man in a “rough place” in life, would be spending his birthday in jail.

The officers dealing with the man took it upon themselves to acknowledge his birthday in an unforgettable way, purchasing a cake and helping him celebrate on what otherwise was certain to be a dark day.

The best part? The officers extended the gesture with no expectation of thanks.

The department said officers Jeremy Johnson and Ian MacAyeal, as well as Sgt. Rick Magnuson held the celebration out of “genuine concern” for the inmate’s well being.