Teen who used coat to shield elderly woman from rain treated to dinner by officer

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (KAKE) -

The search is over for a Kansas-City area teen whose random act of kindness went viral last month.

Officer Joe Holt with the Independence Police Department had just stopped for a bite to eat on Sunday, August 25 when he saw the teen helping an elderly woman in the parking lot.

Holt said in a Facebook post that he saw a teenager take off his coat to help a woman who was struggling during a rain storm in the parking lot of a grocery store.

“It was pouring down rain, and all the sudden I see this teenager running across the parking lot, taking his coat off,” Holt said.

He followed the 14-year-old teen back to his mom’s van where he described to her what her son had just done.

“She teared up pretty good. It was a moment between the both of us. I mean I teared up a little bit. I’m a parent as well. So, I told her that I was very impressed with him and that he should be proud,” Holt said.

Holt sat back in his patrol car in awe of the teen – watching him as he took off his own jacket, and draped it over an elderly woman struggling to get to her car – escorting her the rest of the way there.


Tyrea and Officer Holt (Facebook/Independence Police Department)

Officer Holt was able to find the young man, Tyrea. Independence police said a family member saw the viral story and called the police department.

Officer Holt met up with Tyrea and his mother over the weekend and took them both out to dinner at Red Lobster. 

"Well this kiddo who I have only known a short time already means the world to me," Holt said. "As promised after finding him I took him out to dinner."


Ebony, Tyrea and Officer Holt (Facebook/Independence Police Department)

WDAF contributed to this report.

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