Indiana deputy rescues child’s lost teddy bear

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — White County Deputy Matthew White received an unusual call late Saturday night.

It was from the mother of a 5-year-old boy from Minnesota named Freddy. Freddy had noticed his teddy bear was missing. He thought the teddy bear fell out of the car on I-65 when the family stopped on the side of the road. He hoped some type of police officer could stop by and check the area.

“The bear was really important to them,” said Dep. White. “It was the mother’s bear that she passed down to her son.”

Because of traffic and wind, Deputy White believed that finding the bear would be a long shot. However, it turned out to be a lot easier than he expected.

“I put the car in park. Probably took one or two steps out of the vehicle and I saw the bear just lying on the side of the road,” White said.

Sheriff Patrick Shafer said, White “took it serious, he went out and he put forth the time and the effort and as a result we have a happy mother and son up in Minnesota.”

Shafer adds the bear will be in the mail first thing Thursday morning. And Freddy’s mom is thrilled.

“A lot of the calls we get we don’t know what to expect,” said Deputy White. “This one, when you get a chance to make a huge positive impact on somebody, this kid will probably never forget this story.”

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