CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A police officer’s compassion for a teen with autism is going viral.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department shared a photo of the teen to Facebook.
The picture shows Officer Tim Purdy sitting on the ground in a parking lot, facing a teenage who is staring at the ground.
According the the post, the young man in the photo has autism. He left school suddenly, and officers worried he may have been suicidal.
In attempt to build a connection with the teen, the officer started talking to him and even got him to laugh.
Thanks to the officer’s quick thinking, they were able to get the teen the help he needed.
“There’s more to policing than making arrests and enforcing the law. Sometimes taking those extra mile steps makes the biggest difference in someone’s life,” the department wrote on Facebook.