Officer Stops Traffic to Save Girl’s Teddy Bear

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Officer Jason Cullum was on his way to work when he saw the teddy bear. Other folks were slowing their cars, swerving, and doing their best to avoid a direct hit; but Cullum knew that this bear was one child’s special, missing solace. Cullum decided to stop traffic – and he saved the bear.   His own son had a special teddy bear, and he knew how important a comfort object like this could be.

Many children select and become attached to a comfort object, like a blanket or teddy bear, during the first few years of their lives.

A comfort object plays a large part in a child’s emotional development. When mom is gone, this object soothes that tiny soul. When the child is falling asleep, this object helps him feel safe. Children often keep their comfort objects nearby for many years, even after they become tattered symbols of safety and security.

According to this article, “As Cullum continued driving, he noticed two men walking on the side of the road and pulled over to ask if they were searching for a lost teddy bear.”

They were! The bear’s owner was eight-year-old Nikki Mayo. The family was moving and, even though they had packed the bear, it had fallen off the moving trailer.

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When Nikki personally thanked Cullum, he learned that the bear was, indeed, a very special member of her family.

“She told me the bear's name is Chocolate. It was her first teddy bear and she's had it since she was four years old … I got to see in her face that the bear was special to her,” Cullum said.

I think it’s amazing that this officer not only stopped traffic to save Chocolate, but that he was also able to return it so quickly to Nikki. My daughter has a “white blanket,” and she can’t sleep soundly without it. It travels with her on vacations and to sleepovers at Grandma’s. When she is sick, it keeps her company while she watches TV and sleeps on sofas. If she builds a fort in her bedroom, it becomes the swaying door. When she is a superhero, it is her cape. It would probably go to school with her too, if it were allowed.

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I never purchased a second “back-up” version of this blanket; so if it went missing and was never found, we’d be in big trouble! I’d probably try to recreate it somehow, even if that meant hunting through fabric stores and finding my dusty (purposely hidden) sewing machine. But it wouldn’t be the same. She’d eventually realize that the blanket was only an object, but still … it’s her white blanket. To her, that means something grander than any other individual could understand.

Does your child have a comfort object too? What would you do if it went missing?

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Officer Stops Traffic to Save Girl’s Teddy Bear

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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3 comments

  1. Samantha says:

    That is so sweet, I actually cried. Got to love pregnancy hormones.. Haha. Good to know that there are still good people in this world

  2. Kadie Jo says:

    awwwwwe. good to know that some people have hearts and are generous still today. hard to find people like that anymore now a days. much respect to you sir.

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