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Two Officers Go Above, Beyond Helping Elderly Man

Two Little Rock police officers go above and beyond the call of duty after finding a missing elderly man with early-stage Alzheimer's disease.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Two Little Rock police officers go above and beyond the call of duty after finding a missing man.

Today, Sergeant Brian Grigsby and Officer Troy Dillard received letters of commendation for how they reacted and took care of an elderly Little Rock man.

On any given day you'll find 83-year-old Mel Armine sitting in his garage watching the world go by. But last Saturday was different for Mell who has early-stage Alzheimer's Disease.

His wife, 86-year-old Doris, was getting ready for a ladies prayer meeting at the house when she noticed her husband missing.

"I took the car and went out looking for him. I looked for him at the EZ-Mart down here, the post office, all around the neighborhood here. But I couldn't find him so I came back and I called my oldest daughter and I called Cherith."

They called the Little Rock police.

"A broadcast was put out that we had a missing individual."

A search began with several officers canvassing city streets.

"So then by that time some of the ladies had already come to the house for the prayer meeting and I said, let's pray because this is what's happening right now."

While the ladies prayed, the police searched.

"We sang a few song and one was, I was lost and now I'm found. So I said let's pray that."

Right about then, Sergeant Grigsby and Officer Dillard saw someone in the Mardell's parking lot who looked a lot like Mel.

"I said how you doing Melvin? He said fine sir, how are you? I said I need you to get in the car with me so you can go back home. He said tomorrow is mother's day and I need to get my wife some flowers."

Meanwhile, Doris and her prayer group get the phone call they prayed for.

"We were just so relieved he was found and he answered that prayer. I'm lost but now I'm found."

But Mel needed to find flowers.

First stop, The Home Depot.

"Those were not the flowers he wanted. He wanted cut flowers."

Then Kroger.

"He told me when he got in Kroger he only had 13-dollars."

The flowers cost a bit more than that.

"As I went to pull for my wallet, Officer Dillard just kind of threw some money up there."

And the bill was paid. So, they took Mel home to not-so-happy Doris.

"when I saw him waking up with those flowers in hand, it just about broke my heart because I thought 'oh he went there to get me flowers because he loves me.'"

So now, as she sits at her kitchen table writing thank you letters to police officers and thankful Mel is home safe, she thinks of this...

"I appreciate all the policemen and I will pray everyday for them because I know it's not an easy job and they are human beings like we are."

Officer Dillard said it was all in a days work and anytime you're in a situation where you need police to respond, do what Doris did: Call police for help.

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