LAKELAND, Fla. - Today, 6-year-old Chelsea Moore is a bundle of energy. But 5 years ago, as a toddler, Chelsea was fighting for her life, the victim of a horrific lawn mower accident at her home in Lakeland.
"You feel like you're alone in your agony," recalls Chelsea's mother Nancy Moore.
It was a dark time for Chelsea and her family, made a little brighter when two of the first responders, Polk Deputies Shane Robbins and his partner Paul Fairbanks stopped by St. Joseph's Hospital with a special gift.
"It's like oh my Gosh, you're here to bring a comfort tool," recalls Nancy remembering the surprise visit and Deputy Robbins bringing in a giant stuffed bear. "And when she came home, that's what she had."
Chelsea's mom Nancy says she'll never forget how the two deputies drove all the way from Polk County to the hospital in Tampa.
"It showed they're compassionate. It's not all about the bad guys, it's about the good they can do. And the positive impact they can make with children."
Nancy says Deputy Robbins especially, was hard to forget.
"When I met him again at the hospital it was like I was hugging a big teddy bear ... He was full of hugs."
The family was saddened Friday to hear of the car crash that took Deputy Robbin's life. Nancy hopes others remember the sacrifices law enforcement officers make in protection of the community.
"I think people need to respect law enforcement more because even if it's an accident, their lives are on the line every single day."
Nancy says she will never forget the kindness and generosity of the two deputies that helped her daughter through such a difficult time. She is hopeful others will never forget what an amazing man Deputy Robbins really was.
"They're keeping the bad from happening, but enforcing all the good there is in the world."
Beau Zimmer, 10 News