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Police Officer Responds to 'Emergency' After Age 5 Boy Calls 911 To Order Happy Meal

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When you’re little, the world is a different place.

It’s full of more wonders and horrors, and your sense of urgency and emergency can be a bit different than that of an adult’s.

Adults worry about bills, relationships, insurance and health. Kids worry about whether or not they’ll get to see a friend or when they can play that game they’ve been pining after all day.

All of that means there’s some finesse involved in deciding when to teach your children about dialing 911.

You want them to be prepared in the event of an emergency and be able to call for help, but the definition of “emergency” can vary greatly from child to child.

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For one young gentleman from Mesa, Arizona, the emergency was food-related. He needed a Happy Meal, stat.

Charlie, just 5, clearly decided that this problem warranted the help of the authorities, according to KPNX. Thankfully for him, the cop who responded to the scene was kindhearted and good-natured, and after making sure that the situation was not an actual, life-threatening emergency, he fulfilled young Charlie’s request.

“Charlie called 911 and requested a happy meal,” Charlie’s mother, Kim Skabelund, posted to Facebook on Sunday “How’s your Sunday going?”

The mom posted a series of touching photos as the cop brought Charlie his order. Of course, the officer took some time to explain to Charlie when he should actually call 911 in the future.

“Please keep sharing the original post!” Skabelund wrote. “The world needs more simple acts of kindness.”

Skabelund also reached out to the officer’s wife and told her how much the gesture meant to her and her family.

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“This is why I married this man,” Charlotte Ann, the officer’s wife, wrote on Facebook, according to the screenshot shared by Skabelund. “His selfless acts on the job!”

“He wants to teach kids that the police aren’t just there for T-R-O-U-B-L-E. They care about people and are there for help and support!”

“This five-year-old boy called 911 by accident requesting a happy meal … well that’s exactly what he got! Share this, let’s make it go viral!”

The Mesa Police Department picked up the story from there, and it has since been enjoyed and shared hundreds of times across Facebook and Twitter.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking