Police officers spend years learning how to make the world a safer place. They must be in peak condition, both physically and mentally, in order to keep our society functioning. But, while they certainly have a lot of know-how when it comes to tracking down criminals, that doesn't mean they aren't above getting some help from the average citizen. After all, making sure our society is a safe place for everyone to live requires a group effort. No matter how young or old you are, there is something you can do to improve the lives of those around you. If you're wondering what a child could do to make a difference, just ask the "Tremendous Twelve" of Surrey, England.
These youngsters, all between the ages of six and 12, were out for an Easter egg hunt when they spotted a police helicopter overhead. Moments later, a strange man took off running across the field, appearing to be making a break for the woods on the other side. What happened next is a moment of quick thinking that'd make even the most experienced crime fighter proud. Listen to the events as described by one of the children, a nine-year-old girl, who took part in the heroic stunt. She begins by describing the moment the police helicopter flew overhead:
"It was really noisy and we could see it said 'Police' on the bottom. Then we saw a man running along the side of the field. We could see him but the helicopter couldn’t because it was hovering over the woods. We saw the man take his jumper off and put it around his head. Then he dropped it and ran off into the woods and we pointed and shouted at the helicopter, 'He’s gone that way!' ‘But the helicopter looked like it was pointing in the opposite direction. Then two of my friends said, 'Let’s get into an arrow' and we got into position on the ground."
And make an arrow is exactly what they did! The officers manning the helicopter were a little confused at first, thinking it to be some sort of prank, but they soon realized that these children were providing them with valuable information. The police followed their directions and were able to locate and apprehend the two suspects who were fleeing into the woods.
A few minutes later, the officers landed their helicopter in the field and praised the children's quick thinking. Many people have compared the 12 kids to Mystery Inc. from Scooby Doo, and they even have a trusty dog named Molly by their side! As if these guys weren't heroic enough, the egg hunt they were participating in that day was raising money for childhood leukemia. This just goes to show that heroes can come in every size.
Check out this video to see some footage from inside the helicopter as it spotted the arrow:
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