It’s the little things… like a cop’s helping hand… that can make all the difference in the world.
Police in Bloomingdale, Illinois responded to a call Friday evening, of a mentally disabled individual who wandered away from her home. Officers said the 21-year-old woman was ‘visibly scared and upset’ when they found her walking along a roadway. She was too upset to even come with the police when they arrived.
So that’s when Officer Michael Giovenco stepped in. He was able to calm the woman down and convince her to take his hand, so he could escort her back home. The woman reportedly told Officer Giovenco that she “just wanted to walk the trails.” He agreed, if she would then return home with him.
The touching video, posted on the police departments’ Facebook page, shows the two walking hand-in-hand down a tree-lined street, and the woman very much at ease with the officer by her side.
“Another example of the excellent police work done by the members of the Bloomingdale Police Department. Nice Job Officer Giovenco!” the Facebook post read. The video was posted Saturday and has been viewed more than 530,000 times, according to the Daily Mail.