A grieving mother was stunned by her interaction with a police officer that led to her doing something extraordinary for someone in need.
Samantha Hudgens Swaney shared her story with the Conyers, Georgia, Police Department, which was later posted to the department's Facebook and quickly went viral.
“On Saturday morning my husband and I and our friend Toni were setting up for a garage sale," Swaney explained. "It was about 7:45 a.m. and a city of Conyers policeman pulled up. My first thought was that I needed to find my permit. He smiled and said that he was actually stopping to see if we happened to be selling a baby crib."
“He shared that he had just responded to a family in need and he saw that their most immediate need was a crib for their tiny three month old," she continued. "He and his partner were willing to buy one and just stopped by when they saw us putting out a bunch of furniture for sale.”
The woman went on to say that although the interaction seemed random, to her it was something more.
“What he couldn't have known is that we had a brand new, never been used crib in our attic," she wrote. "Several years ago, we lost our baby during labor, and I haven't been able to part with the crib. There was not a second's hesitation. We gave him the crib and mattress. He and my husband went into the attic to being it down.”
Swaney praised the officers for their selfless desire to help the family in need:
Those two gentlemen did so much more than they knew on Saturday, April 10. They rushed to the aid of someone in our community, saved the life of a little baby and helped her parents. And they gave me a way to let go of one of the biggest things I was holding onto from my son's cut-short life. I praise God for those two-- I am so grateful for servants like them in our community. They weren't looking for praise, they were responding to a need. They could've just gone home from work and hugged their families and forgotten about it, but that wasn't enough for them.
There's so much more to the story on their part, but I don't know how much to share-- their names were Hutchinson and Searcy (please tell me y'all call them Searcy and Hutch!!) and Don, Toni, and I are major fans!!!
We have the greatest town and such fantastic officers!!
The story quickly went viral, with many praising the officers for their actions.
“I think they need to be recognized not just as caring cops, but caring individuals who took the time and fore thought to care for some one,” one reader commented on Little Things. "God Bless them, People like this is too far and between."
“God Bless you, and God Bless these officers, I believe the Lord led them to you too," another wrote on the PD's Facebook page. "And I pray that he comforts you too."