Cindy Frederick is grateful for a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who took the time away from his meal to sit with her family and take a picture with her daughter in an attempt to teach her that law enforcement can help her if that is ever necessary.
A North Carolina mother is praising a group of police officers who said they went above and beyond on her family, especially her daughter with autism, compassion, and kindness.
It was already a long day for Cindy Frederick and her family. Frederick, her husband, and two girls had an afternoon in Charlotte to explore the Discovery Place museum. At one point, their daughter, Shealyn, who has autism, became separated from the family.
The Fredericks then decided that it was time for dinner, and shortly thereafter they sat down in the Queen City Q, a local barbecue restaurant, a group of police officers came to eat. Frederick knew that this could be a lesson.
Both of Frederick, two 13-year-old daughters have special needs, but Shealyn may be mute in public. To help her daughter, Frederick, “social stories” – a series of photos to create certain scenarios really for her.
Frederick decided to ask one of the agents if he would come to their table to take a picture of her daughter to explain, “to help her understand that the agents be safe, especially if they are lost.”
“They know there are safe people out there,” Frederick told Fox News.
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer obliged and patiently waited until Shealyn was able to take the picture.
“He was very kind, very patient and very loving,” Frederick said of the officer. “There was no hesitation – that was impressive in itself. I’m sure that [police] don’t have long to eat.”
After the picture, the Threshold and went back to eating a meal just as the officers. But when the family tried to pay for their meal, the waitress said it had already been paid for by the officers, who by this time had left behind.
“This has really moved me to tears, because there is so much negativity about police officers of this day and everything you see on the news is bad stuff, but this police force had a big heart,” Frederick said in a Facebook post has been shared almost 300 times.
“Charlotte is doing something right in the training of their officers.”
– Cindy Frederick
She said that she wanted that she was able to thank the officers for their kindness, especially those who took the time to meet Shealyn.
“Charlotte is doing something right in training their officers,” Frederick said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police shared Frederick’s Facebook post with the title, “A beautiful story about great cops!”
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.