A moment one mother has been eagerly awaiting came to fruition on Friday: the chance to embrace her daughter’s hero.
Just days ago “Mookie” was hospitalized, hypothermic, after escaping from her babysitter’s care without a coat for more than an hour.
“She was pale. She was shaking. She was foaming at the mouth,” said Mary Wimpy, mother of Mookie. “I thought she was dying in my arms.”
More than one dozen officers, a helicopter and K9 teams were deployed, frantically searching for the seven-year old girl with autism, out in 30-degree weather.
“There’s a propensity for individuals with autism to come to bodies of water,” said Officer Laurie Reyes, Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Outreach Unit. “Drowning is the leading cause of death for individuals with autism.”
Officer Pruziner had been circling the lake when a drainage pipe caught his eye on the edge.
He followed it just beyond some brush and found Mookie, soaked in creek water.
“I am forever grateful for you stepping out of your cruiser to walk [to] that pond area,” said Wimpy.
Now, full of endless energy, Mookie is back to being Mookie.
“That’s why cops suit-up in the morning; for calls like this,” said Officer Jonathan Pruziner, Montgomery County Police.