Two Little Rock, Arkansas police officers did an awesome thing for a man with Alzheimer’s who couldn’t remember where he lived, but wanted to get his wife flowers on Mother’s Day.
Melvyn Amrine disappeared from his home the day before Mother’s Day, and frantically, his wife Doris called the police to help locate him. Sgt. Brian Gigsby and Officer Troy Dillard say they’ve encountered many Alzheimer’s patients that leave their homes and wander aimlessly around town, but this time, the situation was different.
Dillard and Gigsby say they received the call about Amrine disappearing, and when they eventually found him two miles from his home, they were struck by what he was doing. Although the elderly man couldn’t tell the officers where he lived, he did tell them that he was out getting his wife flowers for Mother’s Day, something he’s done every year since the birth of the couple’s first child.
"He was pretty adamant," said Dillard.
Although the officers tried to get Amrine to go home, he refused until he was able to get his wife of 60 years the flowers she deserved.
"He wasn't going home until he got those flowers," said Grigsby to CBS Evening News. "That's what he wanted. He wanted flowers for his wife, because tomorrow was Mother's Day. We had to get those flowers. We had to get them. I didn't have a choice.”
The officers radioed dispatch to tell them that they were bringing Amrine home, but before they got to his house, they made a pit stop at a grocery store and helped the man pick out flowers, as shown on store surveillance footage. One of the officers even wound up paying for the flowers, and once they were purchased, the cops took Amrine home to his wife.
"As he came up those steps, and I saw those roses and the smile on his face, I just broke inside," said Doris Amrine. "I just said, 'Thank you, thank you.' Because I saw his heart.
"It's special, because even though the mind doesn't remember everything, the heart remembers.”