When we heard this heartbreaking story of a young boy who was forced to call the police because he felt lonely, we had to share it.
As parents, all we want is for our child to feel happy and supported and to be surrounded by people who love and care for them.
So, when we heard this heartbreaking story of a young boy who was forced to call the police because he felt lonely, we couldn’t help but share it.
The six-year-old from Tallahassee, Florida rang 911 when his mum wasn’t looking and a dispatcher sent an officer to the home.
According to a Facebook post by City of Tallahassee Police Department, Officer White was on duty that evening, and he called to the young boy’s house.
However, it wasn’t a typical callout and we’re sure Officer White was not expecting the young boy to tell him the reason for his call was because he was lonely.
“Officer White arrived on scene and the young man asked Officer White to be his friend because he was lonely,” the post on Facebook reads.
“Officer White took the time to explain how 911 is used and how it’s for emergencies. Then Officer White said he would always be a friend.”
The youngster was then invited by Officer White to sit in the patrol car, who also gave him a stuffed toy.
Not surprisingly, the post has received nothing but praise, with many people thanking the department for sharing a positive news story.
“Such a great story! Kudos to Officer White for being just what this young man needed - a friend," commented one person. "And a great opportunity for a learning experience - the importance of using 911 properly. Positive impact on all who have been touched by this story. Keep up the great work and friendship.”
Another said: “Now that’s cute! It’s nice to hear a positive story for a change! Blessings to that little guy!”
We are all aware of the importance of making sure 999 calls are for emergencies only, and the officer could have reacted so differently to the situation.
However, the fact that he turned it into a positive learning experience will go a long in helping to build the bond between the force and young people.
Written by Mary Byrne, Content Executive at Family Friendly HQ. Follow her on Twitter: @marybyrne321