A Brooklyn teenager thought that she was going to miss her prom because her family's home had gone up in flames and destroyed all their Earthly belongings. But that's when the NYPD stepped in and saved the day.
Whitney Moore had been dreaming about her high school senior prom for four years.
“I’ve been looking forward to prom since freshman year,” she told NBC New York.
But weeks before the prom, she was walking home when she saw thick black smoke in the sky in the same direction she was heading.
“The sky was all black," she said, "and that’s when I was like, ‘Why is the sky black?’”
A fire had devastated her family home and destroyed everything. Moore thought that was the end for her chances to make it to prom.
“I wasn’t going to pressure it,” she said.
Police officers from the NYPD's Brooklyn North precinct remembered the teenager because she had won an essay contest that awarded her the position of NYPD borough commander for a day.
“The wheels started spinning, eyes started opening. It’s like, ‘I think we can do this,'" said NYPD Detective Izora Neal.
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They came together to help Moore's dream come true, and arranged an NYPD escort to get her to the prom and back safely.
“We need to invest in our children,” NYPD Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said. “They’re our precious resource, our most precious resource. Moore may really be the commander down here sooner or later.”
Maddrey gave his personal SUV to make sure she made it to the prom.
“I was so shocked,” Moore said. “It was unbelievable to know I have a ride to go to prom.”
RT Tune in to @NBCNewYork at 5pm to see and unconventional fairytale story. @MarcSantia4NY @NYPDnews #Prom2K17 https://t.co/GelK1B0A78— NYPDBrooklynNorth (@NYPDBrooklynNorth) 1497298671.0
Maddrey went to her senior prom Monday, with NYPD escort.
The official NYPD Brooklyn North Precinct social media account posted a video of the NYPD escort:
— NYPDBrooklynNorth (@NYPDBklynNorth) June 13, 2017