Klynn Scales knows what a tough childhood is really like. She grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in Kansas City. Her house was a nightmare of drug abuse, violence, and other horrors — definitely not the kind of environment any kid should be exposed to. There were times when the girl had to steal food from a nearby 7-11 just so she and her brothers could have something to eat.
There was one positive influence in Klynn’s life, at least: a police officer who would drop by the house every day while making his rounds. Before long, she was eagerly running outside to greet him. As Klynn recalled years later, “Through all the bad situations, I would just picture him saying that he was here for us and that if we ever need him, he would be right there. He would always protect us, and so those words would come to me during the worst times of my childhood life.”
At one point, the police officer was a literal life saver. When she didn’t greet him one day, he went inside to make sure everything was okay. The officer found her lying in bed, obviously seriously ill and in need of immediate medical attention. He whisked her off to the hospital. It turned out she was suffering from malnutrition.
Flash forward 20 years: Klynn was now living in Texas but still found herself thinking about the police officer who had done so much for her. She wanted to thank him, but didn’t even know his name. After some detective work, so to speak, she finally tracked down Sergeant Jeff Colvin. It was a heartwarming reunion and a wonderful way for Sergeant Colvin to find out that he’d really made a difference. Klynn herself now has plans for a career in law enforcement!
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