Couple In Tears After 911 Dispatcher Shows Up At Front Door
Marilyn Caylor 1/8/2018
Emergency services like 911 are a lifesaver for people that need help at a moment's notice, but sometimes people dial the number just because they're lonely. Adam Clark is a 911 dispatcher in Oklahoma, and he's heard just about every call imaginable come through during his shift.
However, it was a plea for help from 65-year-old Larry Raines that Adam remembered the most. Larry originally called to complain about some hooligans who were loitering on his property, but after the two men developed a rapport, the dispatcher soon learned that the man and his wife had fallen on hard times. It was what Larry revealed next that had the 911 operator choking back tears.
That's when Adam decided to go above and beyond the call of duty, and do something that wasn't in his emergency dispatch instruction manual. Risking possible suspension, Adam showed up on Larry's doorstep and gave the man something he had lost a long time ago - hope.
Larry and his wife Anita are two very lonely souls who are sharing the same broken heart. They lost their only child, an adult son, earlier last year. The holidays were especially tough on them without their beloved son by their side. Sadly, the couple had fallen on hard times, which meant that Christmas was going to be just another average day for them.
Thankfully, Adam made sure that Larry and Anita's holiday would be full of love and joy! The 911 operator and his wife, Jennifer, cooked a lavish dinner for the despondent couple and hand delivered it to their doorstep. Adam told People:
"I smoked a ham! There was dessert, there was stuffing. Basically, everything you'd have for a normal Christmas dinner we took over to them on Christmas Eve."
Larry was left speechless and he could barely talk, while 56-year-old Anita was moved to tears by the stranger's kindhearted gesture. However, all that wonderful food was bittersweet - the couple had a mini fridge and they were worried about not having enough room to store the leftovers.
True to his emergency care roots, Adam came to the rescue yet again and contacted his coworkers. It didn't take long before Adam and his friends were moving a very roomy refrigerator into the couple's kitchen.
"So, I sent an email to the people I work with and within 10 minutes, somebody had donated a refrigerator that was perfectly functional! Actually a really nice size."
Adam also asked for donations, and within 48 hours the pair received two huge boxes worth of groceries to fill their empty cupboards. A team of generous dispatchers, police officers, and civilian employees at the Oklahoma City Police Department also managed to raise over $500 in cash for the needy couple.
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This says so much about the dispatcher. Larry is disabled and unable to work, and poor Anita has to walk to work every day because neither of them has a car. The grateful couple couldn't believe how much kindness they've been blessed with, and praised everyone who came to their aid. Larry said:
"I can't believe someone would do that for us. It's hard to put into words. It wasn't something we were expecting. My wife and I lost our son a little over a year ago and it's just been the two of us. We've been kind of lonesome and lonely."
It's not known if Larry is still having problems with the hooligans on his property, but he sometimes still calls 911 to tell Adam "thank you" and remind him just how awesome 911 dispatchers truly are.