DC officer crushed in doorway receives ‘get well’ card from 10-year-old
“Dear Officer, I’m Emma and I’m 10 years old,” the letter begins. “When I saw the video about people crushing you with a door I almost cried”
By Suzie Ziegler
WASHINGTON — A now-viral video showed a disturbing scene: a D.C. police officer pinned in a doorway, crushed by an angry mob. It horrified many, including 10-year-old Emma Jablonski.
Emma’s mother, Johnna Jablonski, told FOX 5 that her daughter became upset when she saw the video on the news.
"As she was watching it, she starting saying, ‘What is happening? What are they doing to that man? Why are they doing this?’ And she started to cry," Jablonski said.
Jablonski says she and Emma talked about what Emma was feeling. Emma decided to write a letter to show that she cared about the officer, Jablonski said.
Dear Officer, I’m Emma and I’m 10 years old. I hope you heal from being crushed. I feel bad for you. Those people are really bad hurting you. I hope you and your family are nice and healthy. When I saw the video on CNN about people crushing you with a door I almost cried. Get Well. — Emma
Jablonski posted a photo of the letter on Twitter. To her surprise, D.C. Metropolitan Police responded and, for the first time, named the officer in the video.
“Hi Emma – thanks for sharing your card! Just wanted to let you know Officer Hodges is recovering and doing well. Thank you for the kind words!” the agency said.
"It made Emma so happy to know that he was OK," said Jablonski.
Hi Emma - thanks for sharing your card! Just wanted to let you know Officer Hodges is recovering and doing well. Thank you for the kind words! We’ll DM you an address of where to send it! @JohnnaJablonski https://t.co/rzByMALqPF— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) January 12, 2021
NEW: @DCPoliceDept say Officer Daniel Hodges is recovering and doing well after he was crushed in a door responding to #CapitolRiot. On @fox5dc tonight, hear from a 10-yr-old girl so upset seeing him on the news, she wrote him a letter to let him know she hoped he was OK ❤️ pic.twitter.com/5iz8LsRjMg— Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) January 12, 2021