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Sheriff's Office Helps Desperate Mother Who Shows Up at Door for Help Tying Son's Tie

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Dispatchers have a tough job. They work hard under pressure, often coming across distressing situations in their line of work.

In Alachua County, Florida, it took a pair of dispatchers to save one woman in an emergency — a fashion emergency, that is.

Gainesville native Diana Wicks found herself in a dilemma. Her son was to attend his goddaughter’s wedding, and his mom had everything ready except for the most important part.

The caring mother knew her son needed to look sharp, but she had no idea how to tie his tie.

With no one around to help, Wicks headed to the one place she knew she might find a willing and kind soul: The Alachua County Combined Communications and Emergency Operations Center.

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Once there, she pressed the call button outside. When asked what her emergency was, Wicks explained she had none, but wondered if anyone might be able to help her tie her son’s tie.

It was then that Hannah Mesh, a new dispatcher on the team, came to the rescue.

“That small task throughout our entire day made my day and a lot of my coworkers’ day,” Mesh told WCJB. “It made us thankful that there’s still people like her out there.”

And Wicks was grateful for the help too. “I said ‘Oh, my goodness, I am so happy,'” the mom explained. “‘Y’all… made my day.'”

Cyndi Marie, the dispatcher who answered the call, even posted a picture of Mesh and Wicks and shared her heartfelt sentiments about the encounter on Facebook.

“Best call of my day,” she wrote. “We had an absolute blast, and it was super rewarding to put a smile on her face!!”

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“How lucky are we to have a community that knows that they can call us — for anything?” Alachua County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.

“And that we have dispatchers that can do anything!… although, we already knew that. We hope the wedding is just as beautiful as these two and their story.”

We couldn’t agree more! We admire these ladies for their willingness to help. As Mesh wrote on Facebook, “It’s the small things that mean the most sometimes.”

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
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English
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Entertainment, Faith




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