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Officer Does Pushups With Autistic Boy (Photo)

| by Brendan Kelly

A photo of an autistic boy doing pushups with a police officer in Tennessee is going viral, and it's easy to see why.

Christy Richardson shared a photo on Facebook showing her son Brandon, or Bubba, as most know him, doing pushups with Bradley County Patrol Deputy Corey Loftis. 

"When you deal with a child with autism, there's not a lot of help out there," Richardson told WTVC.

Richardson says Bubba was extremely agitated one day, "to the point it was a little out of control," and she needed help calming him down, so she called for an officer.

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When Loftis arrived, Bubba was hysterical.

"He kept telling me, 'I don't know what to do. I don't know what to do. And, I was like, 'well you've got to find a way. We've got to find a way. You gotta channel this someway else,'" the officer said.

That's when Loftis had the great idea to channel Bubba's energy into pushups. 

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The mother wrote on Facebook that by the time Loftis left their home, Bubba was laughing, which she says, "at the time I thought was impossible!"

Lofts says the incident was nothing out of the ordinary for the department. 

"It just happened to get caught on camera that day," Loftis said. "As far as our training goes, we're kind of on the dis-fortunate side of that. We don't get that kind of training, so you kinda gotta wing it and make it up as you go."

Richardson says she hopes more officers learn from Loftis in handling situations like this.

"I do believe that there should be some kind of training because we've had other officers that just didn't know how to deal with [him], started yelling, [and] made the situation worse," she said.

Loftis says he was happy to be able to help Bubba that day.

"I'm just excited. This kind of shows people the good side to everything. We are humans. And we do care about people," he said.

Sources: WTVCLittle Things / Photo credit: Facebook via Little Things

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