When two police officers found an 81-year-old lady suffering from dementia lost in the woods, they decided to help her in the most caring way.
Roberta, an octogenarian, usually took a short walk every day to the end of the driveway. But one day, she decided to keep walking. And when the daughter realized that her mother might actually be lost, she called in 911 and asked for help. What particularly concerned her was that Roberta had dementia.
As soon as the call was received, the Charles County Police Department sent out officers, Clarence Black and Brandon Morrison, to look for the elderly woman. As the search continued, the officers became concerned about her safety. But fortunately, they saw Roberta just up ahead in the woods after about 40 minutes of searching.
“I shouted her name and she yelled back, so we both ran toward her … When we got to her, she had branches in her hair that we had to pull out and was confused as to why we were there,” Officer Black told TODAY.
“…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,” the Charles County Sheriff’s Office wrote in their Facebook post.
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“I wanted to make her feel comfortable … She was disoriented and I wanted to help her stabilize. It’s what any cop would have done,” Officer Morrison, who walked with Roberta, holding her hand, told People.
When they exited the woods, the officers took Roberta in their car and drove her to her home, where her daughter was desperately waiting for her safe return.
“Roberta didn’t think it was a big deal and even said to her daughter ‘I’m fine, I took a walk with these nice officers,’” Black said. “We were just happy to bring her back to safety.”
“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,” the Facebook post read.