Las Vegas, NV – Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP) surprised a longtime Las Vegas Metro police lieutenant during his retirement party last week to thank him for his 26 years of service.
FFDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory posted a short video to his Facebook page, which gave viewers a glimpse of the autographed electric guitar the band hand-delivered to Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) Lieutenant Will Hutchings to commemorate his law enforcement career.
“This is a thank you note from Five Finger Death Punch,” Bathory said in the video before he and fellow FFDP guitarist Andy James headed over to Lt. Hutchings’ party.
The Las Vegas-based band learned about the lieutenant’s retirement from his daughter, Gina, who reached out to them on Instagram to see if they would be willing to record a short video clip for his retirement ceremony, Bathory said.
“Basically, what happened – this police officer’s a big fan, right?” the guitarist explained. “His daughter hit us up on Instagram and said like ‘Hey, my dad is a huge fan’ you know, ‘He’s blasting your music 24/7 and he’s spent 26 years on the force and he’s retiring on Wednesday.’”
Gina asked the band if they would consider making “a little video or something for him” so she could show it to him as a surprise, Bathory said.
But Bathory and James decided to do something even better.
Bathory’s video showed Lt. Hutchings as he received various awards and exchanged hugs and handshakes with scores of people during his retirement ceremony.
What he didn’t know was that members of his favorite band were heading over to join the celebration.
The lieutenant beamed as James and Bathory came through the doorway and headed to the front of the room to meet him.
They hugged Lt. Hutchings and shook his hand before Bathory presented him with the autographed guitar.
“We figured if now you’re retiring, you can learn to play guitar,” he said. “We can become Six Finger Death Punch, how’s that?”
The bandmates posed for photos with the partygoers and chatted with Lt. Hutchings as the celebration continued.
“This totally took me by surprise,” Lt. Hutchings said at the end of the video. “Five Finger Death punch is my favorite band! To have them here today at my retirement is beyond words. I’m so appreciative. Thank you very much.”