A Police Officer Saved The Life Of A Girl Who Always Waved To Him
Police officers patrol to help out citizens. Sometimes it's stopping crime, but more often, it's just as simple as being kind to a kid. For one police officer, it was a quick wave back to a little girl named Klynn Scales. One day, something tragic happened, and both Klynn's life and the officer's changed.
1. A Friendly Hello Can Go A Long Way
At 9, young Klynn found her first hero - a local police officer patrolling in her neighborhood every day. She tracked the time he'd pass by her house and would sit by the window waiting. When he passed by, Klynn'd excitedly wave to say hello, and the officer would give a friendly wave back. Every day, the two would exchange greetings, and it brightened their otherwise tough days.
2. Klynn Grew Up In A Dangerous Neighborhood
Klynn grew up in a neighborhood ruined by drugs and violence in Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1990s. It was not a place for a child to grow up safely and happily, and it was also why it was patrolled daily. Living a hard life, Klynn looked forward to seeing the police officer driving by her home every day. For this reason, she survived her difficult childhood.
3. Klynn Had To Raise Her Younger Brothers
Making things worse, Klynn's mother was rarely home, having to work tirelessly to keep a roof over their heads. Therefore, Klynn had to look after her two younger brothers. Without money, young Klynn would steal essentials at the stores. Her responsibility and love for her brothers drove her to do whatever was needed for their wellbeing, even at the cost of her own health.
4. The Police Officer Noticed Klynn
The way little Klynn was forced to live her troubled life soon attracted the police, and they learned everything about the down-on-their-luck family. The officer who drove by Klynn's house and exchanged greetings with her every day was particularly concerned. Little did he know that he was making such a huge difference in Klynn's life, by becoming a light in her otherwise dark world.
5. The Officer Pledged His Allegiance To Klynn
To ensure Klynn's safety, the unnamed police officer drove by her house every day, and told her that he was there to protect her. "Through all the bad situations, I would just picture him saying that he was here for us," Klynn said. "Those words would come to me during the worst times of my childhood life." Soon, the promise would be fulfilled, proving that good still existed in the world.
6. A Daily Greeting Became A Warning Sign
Young Klynn quickly became attached to her new friend. "He was the one person that I trusted in my life as a kid." She loved saying hello to him every day, and he loved waving back. Their greeting became routine. One day, Klynn didn't show up to greet him. Considering the neighborhood she lived in and the duties she had as a "mother," he knew something was wrong.
7. The Officer Approached The House
Cautiously, the officer moved towards the Scales' house, his instincts taking over. When he opened the door, what he found was devastating. Little Klynn was lying on the floor, struggling to take even a single breath. He rushed Klynn to the emergency room. With no idea what was happening, all the police officer could do was wait helplessly.
8. Klynn Was Given A Clean Bill Of Health
Thanks to the officer's quick thinking and action, poor Klynn's life had been saved. It turned out that she had suffered a severe episode of malnutrition. If he hadn't have found her, Klynn'd possibly not be alive today. Regrettably, she was never able to say thanks to the man who had saved her life, as she moved with her family to Texas shortly after the incident. But it's never too late to say thanks.
9. Klynn Tracked Down Her Unnamed Hero
20 years later, Klynn began searching for her childhood hero. She posted her experience online, with no idea who might see her story. But she stayed optimistic, and her optimism paid off when Jennifer Jones, a Sergeant with the Kansas City Police, commented on her post. Jones said she knew the officer being described. Was Klynn's search for her "guardian angel" going to be uncovered this easily?
10. The Name Behind The Face Revealed
In 2016, Jennifer Jones sent an email to an officer named Jeff Colvin. In the email, Jones talked about Klynn and her story, and explained the little girl had grown up and was looking for her childhood "guardian angel." Right away, Colvin recognized the story and the girl named Klynn Scales. Learning she has grown up, his years of worry were washed away with joy.
11. Colvin Had Never Forgotten Klynn
Colvin had always remembered Klynn, just as she had never forgotten him. "I had actually thought about her and wondered whatever happened with her." Knowing the truth, Colvin was overwhelmed with happiness and could stop wondering. He was also incredibly touched learning that she remembered him and had tried to find him. One thing both were desperate for was a reunion.
12. A Reunion With Tears
After 20 years of each having no idea what had happened to the other, Colvin and Klynn reunited in person, and both were ecstatic. Klynn even broke down in tears upon seeing her childhood hero again, as she thought it would never happen. The reunion also changed Colvin's life, reigniting a fire inside him. But why was Colvin's passion reignited?
13. Colvin's Passion For His Job Returned
Turns out, officer Colvin was losing his passion for the job after spending so long dealing with more failures than successes. "Most times we go through our career not realizing we truly helped anybody out. I wondered if I was even in the right career path." However in the instant he saw Klynn again, Colvin knew undoubtedly that he'd made the right career choice. His heroics even inspired Klynn's own career choice.
14. Klynn's Grown Up Job
Inspired by her childhood hero, Klynn applied to be a police recruit in Houston and was determined to make a positive impact on the lives of everyone around her. But the surprises didn't end there. For Klynn, officer Colvin was not only her childhood hero and career inspiration, but also a surrogate father. With that, she had one more thing to tell her hero and friend.
15. Klynn's Tribute To Colvin
Klynn made a bracelet engraved with the words, "Sgt. Jeff Colvin 'A True Hero'" as a tribute to Colvin when she learned the name of her "guardian angel." Their story proves that police officers can have a positive impact on individuals and communities. What's more, there are countless similar stories of officers changing people's lives for the better.
16. Klynn’s Story Went Viral
As few things can be as powerful as community outreach for police forces, the Kansas City Missouri Police Department shared the story online. Unsurprisingly it went viral, and many people were inspired to share their stories of their positive experiences with police officers. Of course, some commentators too shared their amazing stories about Sgt. Colvin. He was a true hero of Kansas City.
17. The Support Was Incredible
Nowadays, police officers aren't always treated with respect, and the support Klynn and Colvin received was overwhelming. One comment read, "I have great respect for all police, though some deserve it more than others." In Klynn's case, no one deserves more respect than officer Colvin, and Klynn has made it her life's mission to pay it forward and show a new generation of lost souls that there is light in the dark.
18. The Story Comes Full Circle
When Klynn became a police officer officially, Jeff Colvin and his wife, along with Jennifer Jones all showed up to congratulate her. The story of Sgt. Jeff Colvin and Klynn Scales stands as proof that there's good in the world, and there are people who are committed to being good. This is important to remember, especially during tough times.