YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A story of a missing elderly woman from New Jersey being reunited with her family tugged at the heartstrings of more than 2,000 Facebook users who liked or shared the article last week.
While on routine patrol around 1:30 a.m. two weeks ago, Officer Dan Curtis spotted a Jeep Liberty with New Jersey plates driving northbound in the southbound lane of Gomer Street. According to the Yorktown Police Department’s Facebook post, Curtis believed he had a DWI suspect on his hands, but instead discovered a woman, in her 70s, who had lost her way.
The woman, whom the department referred to as “Daisy,” was a resident of Newark, N.J., and told Curtis that she had never heard of Yorktown.
At that point, officers drove Daisy to Yorktown Police Department headquarters. There, during a conversation with Daisy, Officer Paul Grieve learned that she had not eaten for quite some time. Officers ordered Daisy a meal from the Yorktown Diner and set her up in the department’s commissary area.
Officers contacted the Newark Police Department and learned that Daisy had been reported missing a few hours earlier, though she had not yet been entered into the system as missing. Her family was notified and officers kept her company until relatives arrived a few hours later.
Police Chief Robert Noble said he was not surprised by his officer’s actions.
“I think it’s just the way we treat people,” Noble said. “I wouldn’t have expected anything less out of the guys. We enjoyed her company and we hope she enjoyed ours, and we were able to reunite her with her family. Some of the best feelings you get are when you help someone out.”
Noble said his officers were aware of the large response the story received on social media.
“I think it was an eye opener for the guys to see the response they got,” he said. “I’m proud of the work they did and I’m proud of the work they continue to do, day in and day out.”
Dallas the Dog
Last week, the Yorktown Police Department also revealed the name of its new K-9 officer, “Dallas.”
The name serves to honor the four officers who were shot and killed in a July 2016 ambush attack in Dallas, Texas.
The revival of the K-9 department was announced in June and Dallas, a 2-year-old black Lab, has been training ever since in Moore County, N.C. Police Officer Thomas Beyrer recently joined Dallas at K-2 Services, a threat mitigation and canine services facility.
Dallas is expected to be introduced to the Yorktown community at a televised town board meeting in September.