A South Carolina state trooper went above and beyond the call of duty to calm an autistic boy after his car broke down on the side of the highway while his mother was driving it. Charlie Watkis car had broken down on highway 170 when State Trooper Adam Klimek showed up. Charlie and her son, Jeriah were both sitting inside waiting for help.
"The first thing my son did when he saw the blue lights was look at me [to say] 'I think we’re in trouble,'" Watkis said. Jeriah, who is autistic, was not happy about all the traffic and the heat. "He was having a tough time with the traffic that was going by him, at one point he even had to put on ear muffs to drown out the sound that was irritating him," Klimek said.
The officer then invited the mother and son to sit in his patrol while they waited for help to arrive to fix their car. "Officer Klimek found ways to occupy him while I was trying to make phone calls to find out how long it was going to be for the tow truck to come and it was hard for me to concentrate on that and tend to Jeriah at the same time, " Charlie said.
"I knew that he was having problems, so when invited them back to my car, we talked about his interests and one of his interests was playing on his iPad actually, I asked him what do you like to do on your iPad, and he said watch Netflix, so I knew right then. I got my computer out, logged into my Netflix and had him choose his own movie to watch while we waited for the tow truck. He chose ‘Curious George,’ one of his favorites," Klimek added.
Charlie was so impressed with Officer Klimek for staying with her and her son. "I really don’t think I went above and beyond, I treated them like I hope my family would be treated if they were on the side of the road," the officer said.We think he went beyond his job to place confidence and make the boy feel secure. Officer Klimek is great at his job! Way to go!
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