Their 2-yr old little girl was playing in the yard looking for Easter eggs last Sunday when her mother was leaving for the store. She ran toward her vehicle and tripped (out of view), causing her to fall under a rear tire of her mother's large SUV. I was nearby and responded in just over a minute but she died while we were holding her in our arms. Her father and older brother were both witnesses to the accident and tried, but could not get to her in time as she was running fast.
Each officer that responded played a unique and exemplary role in calming and comforting the family who were understandably inconsolable. At one time, after the father learned that I also have a nearly 2-yr old, he stopped crying/screaming and hugged me tight while shaking for several very long minutes. It was certainly difficult to maintain a professional composure but I knew we were the only strength left in that moment holding this family together.
What they had witnessed left an incredibly violent and graphic scene to be scarred in the their minds, as well as those of the responding officers. It was hard to imagine how they maintained their faith after such a thing, but prayers and gratitude for the time they had with the child were shown through the tears and screams. I feel like any small acts of kindness may help them begin to heal the vast hole in their lives and possibly help anyone who played a part in this to move forward. Thank-you.
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