Boy Buys Police Dinner After They Reunite Him With Family

March 19, 2018 Updated: March 19, 2018

A 10-year-old boy brought dinner for police officers after they found him in the bushes on March 13.

Zachary Long went missing from Chesterfield County, Virginia, after he crashed his bike. Fearing his parents would send him to the hospital for stitches, he ran away, a source told WTVR.

Zachary was missing for four hours. He ran away at 6:15 p.m. and was discovered by officers and reunited with his family by 10:15 p.m., WTVR reported.

Zachary and his father, Andrew Long, brought dinner for North D platoon officers from the Chesterfield Police. Lt. Don Story told WTVR father and son brought a barbecue dinner, along with sides, to the police station’s 6 p.m. roll call, according to WTVR. Sgt K. Rollins posted a photo of the meeting via Twitter, on March 17.

Neighbors, friends, police dogs, and a police helicopter were all employed to help find Zachary, according to WRIC.

The Chesterfield Police Twitter account has almost 4,000 followers. There they post community alerts, news of local crime, and retweet information from officers on the force. A tweet announcing Zachary had gone missing and where his location was likely to be was retweeted 45 times. A tweet announcing he was found brought in 66 likes.

“What can Rosemont community do to assist with the search?” wrote jacquelime below a tweet sent out by Lt. Don Story, with Zachary’s picture.

“Let us know if you see anyone and we will check it out,” Story replied.

“Is it encouraged for the community to search on foot or in car? Outside lights on houses are on,” jacquelime asked next.

“Keep your exterior lights on and avoid foot traffic,” Story responded.

Story posted a phone number to call, and connected with local news stations, in the tweet. Story works in the Uniform Operations Bureau, according to his Twitter profile.


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