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Police stop traffic to rescue teddy bear

Indiana officer Jason Cullum knew how important the toy would be to its young owner.
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Chiara O. Scuri, December 9, 2013 7:07:11 AM

It takes another parent to understand the value of an inanimate stuffed toy.

So good thing Indiana police sergeant Jason Cullum happened to be on duty when a lost teddy bear found itself in oncoming traffic.

As Cullum tells Good Morning America, he stopped traffic in order to rescue the bear from a tire-trodden fate.

“I know how important those are to kids,” Jason Cullum, a sergeant with the Evansville Police Department, told “We carry teddy bears in our car because we know when we talk to kids having a bad time, if you give them a teddy bear it helps them relax and makes them feel better.”

The 40-year-old police vet was driving to his shift that morning when he noticed cars start to slow down on the road ahead. By the time he got closer to the scene’s nucleus, he realized the cars were swerving to avoid running over the desolate bear.

Cullum got out of his vehicle and put the stuffed toy in his passenger seat. Then he made it his mission to return the bear to its rightful home.

He didn’t have to search very hard. The father and grandfather of the bear’s eight-year-old owner, Nikki Mayo, were searching along the roadside for the missing bear.

The grateful duo thanked Officer Cullum and went on their way, but the incident, captured on Cullum’s dashboard cam, later got posted to the department’s Facebook page, which prompted Nikki to call him and thank him personally.

“She told me the bear’s name is Chocolate,” Cullum said. “It was her first teddy bear and she’s had it since she was four years old, so it was very special to her. I got to see in her face that the bear was special to her.”

Despite the bad rap police get, some of it more than deserved, it’s important to remember that there are still great men and women in blue doing wonderful things for the community.


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