“06880” reader and RTM member Lisa Newman writes:
The other evening, the mother of a friend had a serious fall at home while caring for her grandchildren, ages 6 and 9.
My friend rushed home to find her mother sitting on the floor with multiple injuries, and the children shaken and teary.
She called 911 for an ambulance. I arrived shortly after to stay with the children, so my friend could accompany her mother to the hospital.
The ambulance was coming from Fairfield, so it took 30+ minutes to arrive. While we waited, Westport Police officer Shawn Booth responded to the call.
Officer Booth calmly and efficiently assessed the situation. He also provided interim first aid to my friend’s mother, sat with her for nearly the entire time we waited for EMS, engaged us all in light conversation (no easy feat – we were all upset), and managed to delight 2 very frightened, teary eyed children by bringing them badge stickers and showing photos of his (adorable) dog on his phone.
To top it all off, as he was leaving Officer Booth told the children he’d return the next day with plastic badges for them.
I assumed there was little chance he’d recall saying this; the evening was chaotic, and surely he’d have another busy day serving our community.
However, a few moments ago my friend texted that Officer Booth showed up at her house as promised, with plastic badges for the kids. She said that he was “amazing,” and she was “blown away by his kindness.”
I am too. We are lucky to have someone like Officer Booth in our police department.
(This is not Officer Booth’s first nomination as Unsung Hero. He was also cited in 2020. Click here to read. If you know an Unsung Hero, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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