CLEARWATER - A Clearwater police officer is being hailed as a knight in shining armor for reuniting a 6-year-old child who wandered away from her family Tuesday.
Crying, frightened and alone on Clearwater Beach, the young girl approached beach goers when Officer Rich Edmonds stepped in.
She didn't want to get in his police car, so Edmonds joined her on a stroll on the beach.
After walking along the beach hand-in-hand for nearly half a mile, the pair was able to locate her family.
Edmonds, a father himself, said after catching bad guys all days, it was good to be able to show his softer side.
"My heart drops when we have the lost child," he said. "But a found one is usually less stressful. ... I couldn't imagine missing your kid."
"I have a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old, so we talked about 'Frozen,' which was on her shirt, and what grade she was in, and she had the day off from school. We talked like I talk to my kids."
Edmonds had advice for parents who take their kids to the beach. Tell them about lifeguards and show them the towers where they can be found. And tell them if they get lost to find another mommy and daddy with kids and dont be afraid to ask for help.
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