A frantic 12 year old boy with autism quickly called up the Woodbridge Township Police Department to save the day when he couldn’t find his beloved teddy bear.
The young boy, Ryan Paul, had misplaced his teddy bear, Freddy, and wanted someone to help him find it.
Like with most children, Ryan’s parents had taught him from an early age to call 911 in the case of an emergency, so when his teddy bear went missing, to him, it was in fact, a serious emergency that required specialized help.
Ryan had been playing in his room when he realized his beloved teddy bear had gone missing.
“My teddy bear fell down again,” Ryan said to the dispatcher, according to published reports. “Don’t worry I’ll rescue you again. Goodbye again. See you again.”
After that he hung up the phone before the operator could get any details on the emergency.
Upon realizing what was going on, Ryan’s dad asked “Ryan, did you call 911?” Ryan admitted that he had, saying, “Teddy bear rescue.”
A couple of moments later they heard a knock at the door. As part of the department’s policy, Officer Khari Manzini responded to the hangup call.
Robert didn’t know if the officer would understand his son’s special needs or how to properly communicate with him but his doubts were soon put to rest as the officer was very understanding and much more as he has special training which teaches officers and other emergency responders to distinguish autism in someone they interact with and know how to handle the situation.
Officer Manzini and Ryan began searching for the lost teddy bear all over the house until they finally found him in Ryan’s room hiding behind the bed.
Later, Ryan’s dad, Robert Paul, praised the police department on his Facebook page, writing, “I’d like to thank the officer who responded for his kindness and understanding, even posing for a picture with the ‘offender,’ as well as the 911 operator who called back to make sure everything was OK. I’m glad that we have such a fine and caring police department.”