They didn’t have a choice.
Two police officers in Little Rock, Arkansas were left with only one option after finding a missing elderly man diagnosed with Alzheimer’s wandering the streets earlier this month — they had to help complete his mission.
Sgt. Brian Grigsby and officer Troy Dillard told the CBS Evening News that often deal with calls of Alzheimer’s patients wandering aimlessly, but Melvyn Amrine one was different.
According to the two officers, the “adamant” man was in a “moment of clarity” and simply out on a mission to purchase Mother’s Day flowers for his wife, as he had done every year since the birth of their first child — and he was not returning home until he had completed his task.
“He was pretty adamant,” Dillard told the CBS Evening News.
“He wasn’t going home until he got those flowers,” Grigsby added. “That’s what he wanted. He wanted flowers for his wife, because tomorrow was Mother’s Day.”
The officers had to help.
“We had to get those flowers,” Grigsby said. “We had to get them. I didn’t have a choice.”
So, after radioing dispatch and notifying them that Amrine had been found, they secretly took him to the grocery store.
Surveillance store footage captured the moments the officers assisted him select the bouquet, up until they loaned him some cash to pay for the flowers.
It was then time for him to surprise his wife of more than 60 years, Doris.
“As he came up those steps, and I saw those roses and the smile on his face, I just broke inside,” Doris told the CBS Evening News. “I just said, ‘Thank you, thank you.’ Because I saw his heart.”
She added that the act of love offered proof that “even though the mind doesn’t remember everything, the heart remembers.”
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