Officer James Hurst and father of two may be new to the police force but he looked like a seasoned pro after finding an abandoned toddler on the streets of Georgia.
Officer Hurst and his colleagues were called out to Cuyler-Brownsville neighborhood, Savannah, after reports of a 16-month-old boy wandering the streets alone. A photo of him looking after the child was posted online and he’s been overwhelmed with the response.
He and his colleagues picked up the toddler and took him straight to the emergency room to have him checked over. The little boy became, understandably, very upset and distressed. Officer Hurst was so saddened by what he witnessed and knew he couldn’t leave him alone.
He said: “The boy, obviously, being so small, became very upset. He was crying. He was sobbing. I asked the hospital staff if I can hold him to comfort him and soothe him a little bit to try to calm him down, to continue getting medical care, and they said that was fine. So I picked him up. Minutes later, I was standing and he was asleep on my chest, and with all my body armor and my gun belt, became very heavy holding this small child. So that’s when I decided to sit down on the bed and make it easier for him and me.”
Officer Hurst’s fatherly instincts kicked in and he managed to calm him down and the toddler quickly fell asleep on his chest.
The picture of him holding the child went viral, even though he considers he was just doing his job, and he has been overwhelmed by people’s reactions and praise of his kindness.
The toddler is now safe and in good health, in the custody of the Georgia Department of Family & Children’s Services. Hopefully, it won’t be long before the little one is placed in a safe and happy home.
As for Officer Hurst, he doesn’t think he did anything special adding, “It’s what we do, every single day; not just me, but the 600 officers that are on this department. This job is so much more than just chasing the bad guys. It is about serving the citizens of the communities you work in and doing what they need you to do.”
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