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Woman Involves Police When Autistic Son Won't Calm Down - Their Response Shocks Her

Sadly, police officers continue to be viewed with hostility and suspicion and it has become increasingly rare for people to talk about the kindness and generosity of law enforcement officers. However, now, three heroic police officers have challenged this stereotype in the best possible way.

After having 6 officers to her home in the space of a week, Ms. Sherry Lynn Hillard had run out of ideas. Her son, known as John, was born with autism, and would often have meltdowns that would “turn to rage.” While Ms. Hillard had reached her wit's end, the unexpected empathy of three officers saved the day.

Ms. Hillard’s son, John, wanted nothing more in the world than to own a shirt like Joe, from the popular children’s program ‘Blue’s Clues’. Despite looking everywhere, Ms. Hillard could not find the exact shirt, causing her son to have a ‘meltdown’, that resulted in a violent rage. When officers were called to the scene, Ms. Hillard was taken aback at just how understanding and helpful the officers were:

“They [the officers] showed up not knowing much about autism but they listened and learned and kept us all safe. They also asked A LOT of questions so they wouldn’t do the wrong thing.”

When the three officers learned the reason behind John’s episode, they quickly jumped to action, “calming him down,” and then heading straight out to buy a blue shirt and permanent markers. The three officers spent at least an hour huddled around the hood of their patrol car, googling images and attempting to copy the exact shirt the character wears for John.

“Sadly, it didn’t work,” Mr. Hillard confessed in a Facebook post accompanied by an image of the three police officers hard at work. "The fact that they were willing to do this for my son made them heroes in my eyes.” Ms. Hillard went on to state, “with so much negativity shown towards law enforcement lately, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show my appreciation for the empathy these officers had for my son.”

While the DIY shirt didn’t help John, Ms. Hillard’s post to Facebook went completely viral, garnering around 300,000 likes and 15,000 comments over just three days. The viral post led to a Texas-based company, known as ‘Cutting Edge Designs’, taking the task into their own hands.

When the embroidery and screen-printing company saw Ms. Hillard’s post, they instantly got to work, designing an exact replica of Joe’s ‘Blue’s Clues’ shirt for John.

When John saw the finished product, he was beyond ecstatic, with Ms. Hillard again taking to Facebook to post an adorable photo of John wearing the shirt, captioned “A HUGE THANK YOU TO CUTTING EDGE DESIGNS! He’s finally got his shirt!!!”

Ms. Hillard’s post received a number of heartfelt comments of appreciation and support for police officers, including a comment from Facebook user, Kimberly Mercado, which read: “I agree police get no recognition. People always seems to see the bad of their job… remember there truly are good one’s [officers] out there too.”

Source: Independent Journal Review, PopSugar
Photos: Sherry Lynn Hillard/Facebook, Blues Clues Wiki

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