Photo Captures Touching Moment a Cop Walks Hand-In-Hand With Lost Dementia Patient
Sometimes, you get to be good guys without having to fight bad guys.
Members of the Charles County Sheriff''s Department in Maryland answered a 911 call from a frightened daughter reporting that her 81-year-old mother, who suffers from dementia, was missing.
Every morning, the elderly woman walks up and down the daughter's driveway. But on this day last week, the woman didn't come back into the house.
Deputies and a KP partner roamed the woods around the family's home, and after about 40 minutes, came upon the white-aired woman in a knitted sweater, her trusty cane in hand.
She seemed frightened, and a little confused, the officers recalled. But then she brightened, and asked if they were out taking a walk as well.
Yes they were, said the deputies, and isn't it a nice day for it?
The woman then admitted she had lost her way.
"No problem," said Officer B. Morrison, who gently took her hand and walked her home, with his colleagues bringing up the rear.
They made small talk to engage her and to keep her from being frightened. Asked the secret to a long and healthy life, the woman answered "Eat good and stay active."
The department posted a photo of Officer Morrison walking the woman home. It has been shared nearly 30,000 times and has received 6,000 comments.
"Officers encounter different situations every day," the department wrote under the image. "Some good, some not so good.
"In this case, a frightening situation for the family ended happily.
"For that, we are thankful. For us, it's the rewarding part of policing."