The Wise family of Denham Springs, LA, is just one of the many families affected by the devastation surrounding recent flooding.
For a family such as this who lost everything, one might think that they would be going through an extremely dark time. However, they recently shared a story that proved there can a be a beautiful light in the middle of dark and difficult days.
The Wise family recently sent a letter to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office thanking them for the kindness and generosity of one of their officers, Deputy Ryan Rhodes.
Deputy Rhodes saw 6-year-old Aubree Wise playing outside, and stopped to see her. He wanted to give the young girl, who also happens to have Down syndrome, a present and a hug.
Scroll through below to see how one sheriff’s deputy changed the lives of this family, and why photos of the beautiful interaction with young Aubree are going absolutely viral!
The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office received the following note from the Wise family and posted it on Facebook, along with several photos that have since gone viral:
“It’s been 13 days since our family lost everything in the flood. We live in Denham Springs, Louisiana.
“We were outside with our little girl while she was playing. She loves the outdoors. Her name is Aubree Wise and she is 6 years old.
“Aubree has Down Syndrome and had open heart bypass surgery May 25th this year at the children’s hospital in Nola.”
“She was supposed to start her first day of kindergarten the Friday before the flood.
“However, she was unable to start that morning due to the inclement weather warnings. Little did we know how devastating the inclement weather would become.”
“Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office as well as St. Tammamy Parish Sheriff’s Office have been diligently patrolling our little neighborhood day in and day out since just after the flood…
“Then Prince Charming showed up out of the blue.”
“He saw my little girl playing outside, stopped, got out and came up to introduce himself and gave her a little stuffed dinosaur (which she has NOT put down since he left).
“His name is Ryan Rhodes.”
“As a mom, and as someone whose family has lost everything, this man…this wonderful, beautiful, thoughtful blessing of a man, stopped and took the time to give my sweet little angel a big hug and a stuffed dinosaur.
“I can barely type, there are tears in my eyes.”
“From the bottom of our hearts, I want all of you at the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office to know how deeply grateful, blessed and appreciative we are to have you here protecting us during this devastating time.
“And especially to Ryan Rhodes, you are definitely my little girl Aubree’s Prince Charming.
“You, your co-workers and your family should be ever so proud of you. You have touched our hearts and we will never forget this.”
This beautiful story has gained national attention, with the photos going viral and news stations clamoring to share it with the world.
“I couldn’t be more proud to work with people like Rhodes and the nearly 450 other deputies and staff here at the Bossier Sheriff’s Office,” Lt. Bill Davis of the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office tells LittleThings.
“When the Sheriff has a motto of C.P.R. — Courteous, Professional and Responsive — that about sums up Ryan and all the folks who serve here.”
“It’s simply amazing that the little acts of kindness that our deputies do every day can have such an incredible impact…” he continues, “not just on this young girl and the Wise family, but for all the other people who recognize that law enforcement officers are just like them — fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings — who serve with compassion for their fellow residents.
“If you can’t tell, we are so honored to wear this badge!”
Thanks to the love and generosity Deputy Rhodes was able to show to the Wise family, he has changed their lives in a stunning and profound way.
What do you think of this small but important gesture of kindness and decency on the part of Deputy Rhodes? Let us know in the comments.
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