Plano, TX – 29-year-old Jacob Evans saved an 8-year old boy with autism from a busy street on July 7. The Plano Police Department Officer of two years was on his way to get some coffee when he noticed something off about the road. As he told NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth:
“Initially, I was frustrated the traffic was stopping. All of the sudden, all these cars had stopped and I was like, ‘What is going on?’”
He soon found a young boy running down the other side of the street. He quickly stopped his car, turned on his lights,and alerted other drivers of the situation. He talked with the boy through a loud speaker and learned that he was 8-years-old and has autism. After much coaxing the boy ran into a nearby shopping center.
Fearful that the boy might dart back into unstoppable traffic again, Evans got out of his patrol car and thankfully caught the boy before he was able for run. The grandfather of the boy walked by shortly after and the officer gave them a ride home.
According to the grandfather, he was in the kitchen preparing dinner while a babysitter watched his grandson. He heard the front door slam shut and by the time he darted out the boy was already out of sight down the street. The mother of the boy left a heartfelt thanks on the Plano Police Department Facebook Page.
“Thank you Officer Evans for helping to save my child! This day will forever be the worst day of our lives and you made us believe that there are still good people in this world. Thank you to everyone who understands and to those who have nothing but hurtful things to say, you’re blessed to not have to carry this with you.”
The original story by Jocelyn Lockwood on the NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth news website can be found here
Contributed by Audrey L. Hollingshead