Cop Was Alarmed When The Little Girl He Waved At Every Morning Didn’t Show Up

Published on 02/02/2021
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It felt like just another day at work at first. In the morning, officer Jeff Colvin began his patrol, which he did every day on the job. He looked around for the small hand as he reached the enormous window facing the road. There was no child by the window, to his surprise. Where might the kid be? In his stomach, he felt a ball of dread form. Her absence could not have been a good sign. He knew that, as soon as possible, he had to do something about it. In the end, everybody was relieved that when he did, he decided to act. Who knows what would have happened otherwise?

Cop Would Wave At Little Girl In The Window Every Morning Until She Stopped Showing Up…

Cop Would Wave At Little Girl In The Window Every Morning Until She Stopped Showing Up…

She Was Gone

As she was looking around for Rio, Briana was full of anxiety. She checked every nook and cranny of her daughter’s apartment. The little girl liked to hide, but all of her usual hiding spots were empty. She even checked the cupboards, the beds, and the hamper for the laundry. No digits. No dice. Only when she saw that the front door was wide open did her panic grow. The worst sign was that in the hallway, Rio’s backpack had slumped down.

She Was Gone

She Was Gone

Her Life Story

For Briana Hefley Shepard, her nightmare felt like it had come true. Because the community was very tight-knit, she didn’t imagine anything like that happening. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to a building company owner. In the Pearl District, which was east of downtown, Alrac Electric was based. The Hefley family witnessed the area becoming crime-ridden and rundown over three decades. The transformation also meant certain improvements for their company.

Her Life Story

Her Life Story

They Run A Family Company

Alrac Electric was the company of a family. It was owned and administered by Briana’s parents. Besides that, Brent, her husband, was an electrician employed by the company. She worked as a Second Language teacher in English, which meant she worked mostly in the afternoon. She would be at the office in the mornings to assist with all the tasks required to be done. She knew her parents could use a hand.

They Run A Family Company

They Run A Family Company

From One Place To Another

Since Alrac Electric has always had a business, they were lucky. Things looked up even more for them as the neighborhood began to grow. Unfortunately, it has not always been a smooth ride. Her parents planned to expand both the shop and space in the warehouse, but the building lacked space. They finally decided to move the company out of the Pearl District after thirty years there. Briana did not have a single clue at that time as to what this move would mean to her.

From One Place To Another

From One Place To Another

Time To Start Anew

In 2014, its new location on South Victor Avenue was launched by the family business. It was a century old, but they were pleased with the spaciousness of the building. It was not that far from the former location either, as a bonus. This meant that with ease, they could go back to their everyday routine. In the morning, Briana would take their toddler to the office. Even though a construction company is not an ideal place for such a small child, Briana did not have a choice.

Time To Start Anew

Time To Start Anew

Innocent Little Girl

Rio was only three years old at the time. She looked at the world, like most girls her age, with wide-eyed wonder. She was very innocent, and she was still unjaded, which was sweet. She would always greet strangers, though. Although Briana was initially worried about that, in the end, she decided to shrug it off. What was the worst that could happen, after all?  “It won’t happen,” she assumed, “not to us.”

Innocent Little Girl

Innocent Little Girl

Waiting At The Window

Next to the police station was the company’s new building. Rio soon noticed this. “We get a front-row seat to all of the action,” Briana explained. “My daughter lives for it.” The little girl would head up to the windowsill each morning to wave at the cops walking by. Rio was obviously fond of doing this, but she was not the only person who did it. Also, Officer Colvin was very fond of her little routine.

Waiting At The Window

Waiting At The Window

Just Innocent Fun

“It didn’t take long for him to notice her waving to him and for him to return those waves,” Briana shared. She went on, “As time progressed, it became their ritual. He’d blow his whistle, she’d run to the window, and they both would wave and smile ear to ear.”This loving mom thought it was sweet and fun. Her main priority was her baby’s happiness. But this was no longer the case three years later.

Just Innocent Fun

Just Innocent Fun

Knocking On The Door

Things in September 2017 changed one morning. Briana headed to the office as usual. There was a knock on the door a couple of minutes after that. There was no one else in the store yet, so she checked out who it was. “I assumed he was a construction worker coming to talk construction,” she said. She soon realized, however, that this was not the case. It turns out for a different reason that the man was there.

Knocking On The Door

Knocking On The Door

A Cop Calls

He was not a construction worker. No, it was actually Officer Colvin! “He was there to ask about the little girl with the blonde hair that waved to him,” Briana said. He and the other police officers on the force were wondering where this little girl was. They hadn’t seen her for three weeks and wanted to see what was happening by that time. Briana saw her just a couple of minutes ago, but panic soon seized her. This was when she realized Rio was supposed to be home!

A Cop Calls

A Cop Calls

Going Into A Panic

It was anxiety that overcame Briana. At the door, she left Officer Colvin and began to look everywhere for the little girl. From the laundry hamper to the cupboards, she checked every single area there. She only felt even more scared when she saw the backpack abandoned in the corner of the hallway. Suddenly, Rio peeped out from behind the cop’s legs! What must have happened, Briana realized.

Going Into A Panic

Going Into A Panic

Unfamiliar With Stranger Danger

When Rio saw the cop from a distance, Briana put her makeup on in a different room. The child was excited, went down the stairs, opened it, and ran as quickly as she could carry her legs. Rio had no idea at the time that the street was full of hazards. Every morning she would wait for the cop, so this must be the most exciting part of her week. She was always keen on seeing him up close.

Unfamiliar With Stranger Danger

Unfamiliar With Stranger Danger

She Started Going To School

Now four years old, this little girl has finally begun to attend school. This meant she could no longer be there to greet the policeman every morning. Officer Colvin had no way of knowing this, of course. He was concerned when he noticed that the little girl would not show up at the window. It was for this reason that he decided to see whether anything was wrong.

She Started Going To School

She Started Going To School

Letting Them Know

Briana would hear the cops whistle while they walked past the building when Rio had to start going to school. She wanted to let them know what was happening. The next day, she wrote this on a sign: “She started school… Help, please!” After putting it on the window, she forgot about it… until the morning in question.

Letting Them Know

Letting Them Know

He Stumbled Into Her

That day, Rio didn’t go to school because she wasn’t feeling well. It turns out she ran outside to meet the cop she saw every morning from the window. However, when she saw all the people on the sidewalk, she became overwhelmed. When Officer Colvin decided that the little girl wasn’t back at the window, he decided to go back to the house. That he saw her and escorted her home was a good thing! Whew. Whew.

He Stumbled Into Her

He Stumbled Into Her

The Mother Was Shocked

Briana could not believe that her daughter had not noticed her slipping out of the house. She felt awful about how careless she was. After that, all the times that her daughter would go out and talk to random strangers, she could not stop thinking about it. She didn’t want to frighten Rio, but she knew she had to establish rules and explain the dangers of the streets. Officer Colvin might not be there next time.

The Mother Was Shocked

The Mother Was Shocked

He Had A Confession

Relief flooded over her as soon as she saw Rio. Holding her little girl close, Briana thanked Officer Colvin for bringing her daughter back. After that, they started to chat. He explained that every day in the morning, he would notice the child by the window. Then he said something which caused Briana to erupt in tears.

He Had A Confession

He Had A Confession

A Small Request

“He said that her waves had made his day,” she shared. “For three years, they’d shared these moments.” The confession so touched her that she burst into tears! Officer Jeff Colvin had a request for her after this. Briana went on, “He wanted to do something for her; he missed her. He asked if he could send her something.”We’re glad she was so gracious to grant his request!

A Small Request

A Small Request

Birthday Gift For Her

In a matter of weeks, Rio was about to turn five years old. Briana told the policeman that he could send the birthday girl a gift. Aside from this, she also invited him to the party. He dropped off gifts as promised, even though he was not free that day. She said, “We enjoyed a small backyard party with a few family and friends and lots of activities for the afternoon.” This was still not the end of the story, either.

Birthday Gift For Her

Birthday Gift For Her

She Was Touched

It was a marvelous story. We can see why, on social media, Briana felt the need to share it. She did not expect her Facebook post to explode, however, as it did. “It was overwhelming and amazing,” she shared. “For the first time, I didn’t see any negative comments on a viral post; it was all beautifully positive.” It makes us happy to hear that this is the case! Soon, the story even spread farther than that.

She Was Touched

She Was Touched

Turning Down Interviews

The narrative went viral. News outlets from various parts of the country wanted to talk about it with Briana. She was uncertain, however, about putting her daughter through so much media exposure. “I only communicated with Good Morning America, but in the end, I didn’t feel right about sharing her story with the world any further in that manner,” And she said. She is, as you can see, a truly wonderful mother. She was also sure that a lot of people were touched by the story for a good reason.

Turning Down Interviews

Turning Down Interviews

A Magical Thing

“Witnessing their unconventional friendship over the past several years has been nothing short of magical,” Briana said on her blog. She went on, “To know it impacted them just as much as it impacted us fills me with love and hope. The visit today and their ongoing kindness to my daughter has reaffirmed my faith in goodness and humanity. These are moments we’ll always remember. Has this story not restored your faith in mankind? This is exactly what the friendship between this cop and the little girl did. We always love to hear tales that show us that the world still has goodness left! Now if you think that story was simply remarkable, just wait until you read what happens in this next soul-stirring story…

A Magical Thing

A Magical Thing


This man was simply minding his own business and merely driving when something very peculiar happened. He caught sight of a police car tailing him. Now, it’s normal to get nervous when something like this happens to you. But what exactly could be going on?

Panic-inducing

There’s nothing worse than looking in your rear-view mirror and seeing a police car following you closely. The feeling that you’re about to get asked to step out of your car and get an expensive ticket is a scary thing. However, it tends to happen a little too often. Sometimes drivers are stopped for things other than speeding.

Panic Inducing

Special Case

Normally, we in these kinds of situations we do panic immediately because we’re expecting a ticket at any moment. or perhaps even worse. We do our very best to avoid this kind of situation at all costs, however, there are times when we get pulled over for different reasons. This is exactly what happened to William Jazwinski. Wait until to see what the reason was…

Special Case

He Got Pulled Over

When William was casually driving around the town and minding his own, he suddenly got pulled over by a police officer for what seemed like no reason. Naturally, the young man was very confused – he wasn’t aware that he was doing something wrong. He then began to get anxious…

He Got Pulled Over

He Got Pulled Over

Shaking In His Boots

He always made sure to drive well, and he had never gotten so much as a ticket before in his life, let alone been in an accident. He genuinely couldn’t understand why he was being stopped. He never would have expected what happened next when the cop got out of his car.

Shaking In His Boots

Not Normal

The police officer got out of his patrol car and walked towards him slowly. William then at him for a few seconds, all while the officer glanced at the car’s dashboard. This was definitely not going to be your normal interaction. William began to feel suspious….something was not right.

Not Normal

A Cop Car

William looked out through his rear-view mirror and saw the red, white, and blue flashing lights. He knew full well what this meant, and his suspicions were confirmed when he heard the siren begin to wail, like a warning sign. He then had so many different thoughts running through his mind…

A Cop Car

A Cop Car

What’s To Come

Williams’s heart began racing, a million questions running through his mind in a complete frenzy. Still, he couldn’t make sense of what was happening or understand why he was being pulled over at all. He was trying to calm himself down when the police officer came over to his window. But alas it did not seem to be helping.

What’s To Come

Being Patient

As the police officer reached his window, William couldn’t help but feel so confused. After all, he knew he was definitely not speeding or doing anything remotely illegal. All the same, the only thing he could do was hear what the police officer had to say. He didn’t want to make the cop think he had done something wrong.

Being Patient

The Waiting Game

It made absolutely no sense to William. He had never once been pulled over before. Why on earth was this cop pulling him over now? He became frustrated by what was happening because he was a law-abiding citizen. William then started thinking of ways he could potentially get out of this, should he speak first or wait for the police officer to say something?

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

Getting Nervous

There was no way he wouldn’t disobey the orders given to him by the cop. He came to the decision that he would not say anything unless he was spoken to. And so, he pulled over to the side and waited for the police officer to tell him what he needed to. It felt like he waited a lifetime for the cop to finally get to his car. Time was moving so slowly…

Getting Nervous

Asking The Question

When the cop reached his car, he swiftly opened his window and greeted the officer. William asked was so apprehensive as to why he was getting pulled over, wondering if he had been speeding and didn’t realize it. Was he fully focused all this time? “Good morning officer, was I speeding?” he said.

Asking The Question

Asking The Question

No Disrespect

He did his best to respect the cop as he was after all an authority figure. He didn’t want to cause any kind of composition or trouble. However, he also wasn’t sure about the reason he got pulled over in the first place. In a calm and polite tone, he went on with his question.

No Disrespect

What’s The Hold-Up

Again, it felt as if an eternity had passed before the police officer answered his question. It looked like he was taking his time and was in no rush to respond to William. But what did he say to him? Why did he pull him over? He could not handle the suspense any longer…

What’s The Hold-Up

Nothing Wrong

Finally, the police officer spoke. William was so surprised when he heard the cop tell him that he wasn’t getting a ticket at all. To be fair, he really wasn’t but was surprised all the same. “Good morning,” the police officer said to him. “No, not speeding.”

Nothing Wrong

Nothing Wrong

Uncomfortable

In fact, the police officer then went on to tell him that he didn’t get pulled over for any specific reason. This only made William even more confused about the whole thing, leading to an awkward silence between the two men. Things were getting weird, did the police officer have nothing better to do with his time that day?

Uncomfortable

What Could It Be

If he wasn’t pulled over for a specific reason, then why was William pulled over at all? He was getting nervous again and slightly scared as well. There had to be some reason for the police officer to stop him in the middle of the day.

What Could It Be

An Unexpected Outing

Hesitantly, William waited for the cop to say what he wanted to. He was so confused, he got impatient, but still waited. Finally, the police officer told him something that took him by complete surprise. This was definitely not what he expected to hear. Had it got to do with the law or something else?

An Unexpected Outing

Just Thanking Him

As it turns out, the police officer pulled William over because he had something he wanted to say to him. “Just wanted to stop you and say thank you for your service,” the officer explained to him. What exactly was going on here? How did the cop even know William?

Just Thanking Him

Just Thanking Him

How Did He Know?

What kind of service was the officer thanking William for? And how did he even know that the young man had ever done any service at all? William was getting more and more confused by the minute. Time just kept ticking away, things just didnt seem right. The big qurestion still remained…what was going on?

How Did He Know?

Did They Know Each Other?

William was more than shocked that this random police officer would know something like that when the two had never even met before. Had they known each other in the past or something? Maybe they did and William simply forgot?

Did They Know Each Other?

His Bumper Sticker

Then it clicked: William realized the reason the officer knew about his service. He had forgotten about the bumper sticker he had on the back of his pickup truck. Anyone who saw it would immediately know that he had previously served in the army.

His Bumper Sticker

His Bumper Sticker

A Symbol

A lot of times, army veterans put stickers on their cars. For William, it’s not uncommon that another driver will wave or honk their horn as a way to thank him for his service. However, he had never been stopped by a policeman for this reason.

A Symbol

Not Over

As soon as he realized this, he warmly thanked the police officer. “Oooh the bumper sticker, nice. You’re welcome sir,” he said. “My pleasure.” However, this wasn’t the end of their encounter. Actually, it was only the beginning for these two.

Not Over

Just The Beginning

William was fully ready for the conversation to end there, only the police officer didn’t let him go just yet. He never saw this coming – and neither did we, for that matter. What happened next was a beautiful moment that was exchanged between the two.

Just The Beginning

A Few Questions

The police officer kept William there for a little longer. He had a couple of questions for the young veteran. Specifically, the cop wanted to know where he was posted during his service. “Where did you serve?”

A Few Questions

A Few Questions

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