Harold "Frosty" Frost 94th birthday parade

At top, left, Harold "Frosty" Frost, surrounded by family, watches as his birthday parade goes by; at top right, Frosty in his De Soto Police uniform prior to retiring from the force; at bottom, a De Soto firetruck drives by Frosty's home as part of the parade.

Harold “Frosty” Frost, a retired De Soto Police officer, got a welcome surprise for his 94th birthday – a small parade featuring local first responders.

The parade took place May 23, on Frosty’s actual birthday. It was held in front of his home in the 500 block of Fifth Street in De Soto.

“There were two firetrucks from the De Soto Fire Department and one police car from the De Soto Police Department,” said Becky Manning, one of Frosty’s daughters. “My stepsister, Debbie Mercer, called and got it going. They drove right in front of the house. It was pretty good.

“He was on his front lawn. There were 20 to 25 people on the front lawn with him. It was all family. At first, he didn’t know what was going on. He enjoyed it.”

Mary Frost, his wife, said it was obvious her husband was thrilled with the parade.

“He really enjoyed it,” she said. “I thought it was great.”

She said her husband was the Olympian Village police chief for “one to two years” before moving to the De Soto Police Department in 1976, where he stayed until retiring in 1987. He also worked in drywall and as a painter before his retirement.

In addition, Frosty is a fiddler and restored damaged fiddles. He still likes to listen to old music and visit with family, his relatives said.

Mary and Frosty have been married for 45 years, Mary said.

“We’d both been married before and he had eight children and I had six,” she said.