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Mom Thankful to Police Officer Who Lent a Hand With Her Special Needs Daughter

A North Carolina family was visiting a museum and enjoying a day out together when one daughter got separated from the family. The parents were worried because the teen is autistic, but they found her quickly and went on with their day. Later when getting a bite to eat, a police officer walked into the restaurant and the mother thought it would be a great teaching moment. The officer was not only willing to help, but went above and beyond the call of duty. His actions brought the mom to tears.

Cindy Frederick, her husband, and their twin daughters were in Charlotte visiting the Discovery Palace museum. Shealyn gave them a bit of a scare when she got lost for a little while in the museum because the 13-year-old suffers from autism. When she’s out in public, social anxieties can cause her to become mute.

Thankfully, the family found Shealyn before anything bad happened and resumed having fun. While they were later eating at a Queen City Q barbecue restaurant, Frederick noticed a group of police officers in uniform walk in. They came in to have dinner together, but the mom thought one of them could help Shealyn if he had a moment to spare.

Frederick asked an officer if he would come sit with the family for a moment and take a picture with Shealyn. She explained to the officer that she uses photographs to create ‘social stories’ for the young teen, which help her with various scenarios that she encounters in life. Frederick wanted to take a photo of the officer and Shealyn to teach the teen that the police are safe to go to when she gets lost or is in trouble.

“She has to know there are safe people out there,” Frederick later said to Fox News.
One officer was happy to help the family. It took a while to get Shealyn settled for a photo, but he waited patiently. “He was very kind, very patient and very loving,” Frederick said, praising the officer. “There was no hesitation – that was impressive in itself. I’m sure [police officers] don’t get long to eat.”

After the officer visited the table for a while and snapped the photo, the family thanked him. He went back to his group to eat his own dinner, and Fredericks thought the encounter was over. The officers ate and left, but the family was still there, enjoying their leisurely day.

When the family was ready to leave, they asked the waitress for the check. The waitress told them it had already been taken care of. Fredericks was confused and the family asked who paid their bill. It turned out it was the group of officers.

“This really moved me to tears because there is so much negativity about police officers these days and all you see on the news is bad stuff, but these cops had a great big heart,” the mom said in a Facebook post about the incident. “Charlotte is doing something right in training their officers.”

The post got a lot of views, and eventually it got the attention of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. They shared the post, writing, “A great story about great cops!”

Source: Fox News
Photos: Facebook

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