It was a 911 call the operator never expected.
A little boy, 5-year-old TyLon Pittman, of Byram, Miss., was on the phone. He was worried. Christmas was coming up, but it was in danger, he told the dispatcher. But from whom?
The Grinch, TyLon said, speaking of the mean-spirited green Dr. Seuss character who hatches a plot to steal Christmas from a town of festive villagers.
The dispatcher assured the boy that his Christmas was safe and hung up – but that wasn’t the end of the story, according to the Clarion-Ledger.
According to the paper, the 911 dispatcher posted about the unusual call on her Facebook page when Byram Police Officer Lauren Develle saw it and asked the dispatcher for the family’s address. Then she put on her uniform.
TyLon’s brother TeDara, an Air Force Airman home for the holidays, captured what happened next on a video, which he later posted on Facebook. It’s since been shared more than 20,000 times.
The family was at home on a Saturday evening when a knock at the door caught their attention. When they opened the door, it was Officer Develle. She had arrived to make sure TyLon knew the police department would be there to take care of any Grinches that tried to steal his Christmas.
TyLon told her he had seen a video of the Grinch on his phone, and showed it to her. A family member said she was in the kitchen when TyLon said he had called 911 on the Grinch. “ I said, ‘You’d better not.’ He was serious!,” she exclaimed.
“So what are you going to do if he tries to steal your Christmas?” Develle asks TyLon in the video
“I want y’all to come back to my house and take him to jail,” TyLon replies.
“We can take him to jail if he tries to take your Christmas,” Develle assures him. “I gotta get back to work, but I just wanted to come and tell you the Grinch is not going to come steal your Christmas, okay?,” she tells TyLon.
TyLon’s brother left the Byram Police Department a five-star review and thanked Officer Develle for coming over to reassure his little brother.
“It’s the little things like this that go unnoticed, especially in society today, with what police officers do. Thank you to Officer Develle and BPD for not only making my little brother’s day but for showing him that being an officer isn’t just about stopping crime,” he wrote. “Thank you for all that you do for the community; your hard work and dedication to the mission doesn’t go unnoticed.”