Roberta is an 81-year-old sufferer of dementia, and because of that she lives with her daughter in Charles County, Maryland.
Every day she likes to walk down to the end of the driveway and back to get the blood pumping, but on Friday she ended up not turning around as per her usual. Her daughter was accustomed to her daily walk down the driveway and hadn’t noticed her mother continue on her way. She immediately called 911.
After explaining the situation to the responding officers that set out to find the poor old woman, and when they did the most adorable thing happened. Instead of scaring the woman and possibly making a bad situation worse, they decided to simply pretend they were also out for a walk and escorted her home. They managed to snap the above picture and shared this touching message:
We often talk about the rewards of police work. On Friday, we captured a moment.
Officers responded to a 911 call from a woman who reported her 81-year-old mother missing. It seems her mother left her house to take her daily walk up and down the driveway, but when she didn’t return, things got a bit scary because the woman’s mother has dementia. Officers P. DeBoe, C. Caywood, B. Morrison, Sgt. C. Black, and Cpl. C. Clevenger and his K9 partner responded to the scene and began a search of the heavily wooded area.
After 40 minutes, the woman was found. At first, she seemed confused at the sudden appearance of police officers on the tree-lined trail, and she asked if the officers were out taking a walk too. They quietly replied ‘Yes,’ after all, it was a beautiful day. And then she seemed relieved and told them she had lost her way. ‘No problem,’ said Officer Morrison who then gently took her hand and, along with the other officers walked her back to her house. Along the way, the officers made small talk with the woman, to make her feel at ease. When asked what the key to a long, healthy life was, the woman replied, ‘Eat good and stay active.’
Officers encounter different situations every day. Some good, some not so good. In this case, a frightening situation for the family ended happily. For that, they were thankful. For us, it’s the rewarding part of policing.