Anyone who has a child with autism or has been around a child with autism knows the great challenges that come along as well.
While they are often loving and joy-filled, an autistic person can also become easily agitated, and can sometimes be difficult to calm back down again.
In the case of a young man named Bubba from Tennessee, his mother knows one way to ease his anxiety: police officers.
Deputy Loftis of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office was called to Bubba’s home because the young man was agitated and his mom knew “Bubba loved officers.” But when the deputy arrived on the scene, no one expected him to get down in the middle of the driveway and start doing push-ups.
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office posted an incredible photo of one of their patrol deputies making a massive difference in the life of an ordinary citizen. They write on Facebook:
“Dep. Corey Loftis was dispatched to a residence in reference to a boy with autism who was severely agitated. The mother knew “Bubba” loved officers so she called for a deputy to respond to her house. When Dep. Loftis showed up, he was able to calm “Bubba” down and showed him how to channel his frustration by doing “PUSH-UPS”!!! The mother advised, “Bubba was laughing before Dep. Loftis left, which at the time I thought was impossible!”
Christy Richardson, who is Bubba’s mother, stated, “I can’t thank Officer Loftis enough for being so caring through it all.”
Sheriff Eric Watson leads the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and he was recently in the news for a controversial post about celebrating Easter. We reviewed the Facebook page of the department and this incident is not unique.
The Sheriff is doing something right in Eastern Tennessee and we applaud him for all that he does.
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