These tough-looking police officers risk their lives every day to ensure the safety of others, but how easily we overlook the fact that they too have a soft and kind side, which is intentionally kept “hidden” to scare away any potential threats. However, small incidents like the one in this story naturally let these officers’ compassion shine forth.
Nine-year-old Kyson Baler, who suffers from an autism spectrum disorder, visits a disability center in Rigby, Idaho, five days a week to get treatment.
But one day, in May 2017, he saw a new caseworker who was assigned to him; the very next moment the little Kyson ran out of the center and had a meltdown—he then sat in a nearby parking lot.
Police officer Chris Scott, who happened to be patrolling nearby, pulled over his cruiser after seeing the special-needs boy. The thoughtful officer didn’t take much time and went over to sit next to him.
“He looked like he kind of had a bad day, so I pulled over and I sat down,” Scott told Local News 8. “I just sat there for a few minutes and let him do his thing.”
“He pointed at my patch and I happened to have a challenge coin on me that had the patch on the opposite side and then badge on the other side. I gave him that and said are you ready to go back inside? He had a smile on his face and he was good to go.”
The sweet little interaction between Kyson and Scott was captured on camera by the new therapist, who later sent the photo to Jessica.
“The officer wasn’t even aware that the picture was taken,” Jessica said.
After Jessica posted the photo on the police department’s Facebook page, it soon went viral; but Scott was still unaware of it, until a dispatcher told him.
“I went to dispatch the night before last and the dispatcher said ‘hey, nice picture’ and I said ‘what are you talking about?’ They showed it to me,” Scott said. “I said ‘where did you guys get that?’”
“It’s priceless. That picture says a thousand words,” Jessica said. “I never imaged the reaction was going to be so huge. I mean, we have had thousands of shares all over the U.S., the United Kingdom, Ireland, Egypt. The photo has been shared over and over.”
“I think it is just reassuring for the whole community of the positive that we have.”
Jessica and her son later met Scott so that she could thank him for his kindness in person.
“He (Scott) took the time to make sure that he was okay, to comfort him,” Jessica said. “It just shows the compassion he truly had instead of just of moving on past it.”
Officer Scott’s sweet gesture looks so simple on the surface; however, his selfless act and kindness has touched the hearts of many, and this one family will remember him forever!