- Ryan Paul, a 12-year-old boy with autism, called 911 when he couldn’t find his teddy bear.
- Officer Khari Manzini of the Woodbridge Township Police Department showed up at the Pauls’ home minutes later.
- Manzini had undergone training through Parents Of Autistic Children (POAC)Autism Services and responded with kindness.
When 12-year-old Ryan Paul couldn’t find his teddy bear, he called for backup.
Paul, who has autism, lost his teddy bear named Freddy somewhere in his room at home in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, ABC7 Eyewitness News reports. When Freddy remained missing, Paul called 911.
Minutes later, Officer Khari Manzini of the Woodbridge Township Police Department showed up at the door.
“I said Ryan, did you call 911?” his father Robert Paul told ABC7. “And he said ‘yes.’ And I said ‘why?’ And he said, ‘Teddy bear rescue.'”
Manzini, who had undergone training through Parents of Autistic Children Autism Services, was perfectly qualified to handle the teddy bear emergency. He helped Ryan locate Freddy, who had fallen down into the side of his bed.
“He just couldn’t have been more accommodating or understanding,” Robert told WPIX. “It was really great.”
Manzini was glad to be able to put his training to good use.
“Whenever we can use that training to make sure that not only do we keep ourselves safe but those folks that we’re helping out safe, it makes a great difference,” he told WPIX.
Robert says that his son was also excited to get a photo with a real policeman.
“I’d like to thank the officer who responded for his kindness and understanding, even posing for a picture with the ‘offender,’ he wrote in a Facebook post on the Woodbridge Township Police Department’s page. “I’m glad that we have such a fine and caring police department. I’m a little offended my son didn’t get me (a firefighter) to help with the rescue. LOL.”
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