Okla. dispatcher reunited with officer who helped her years ago
Years before, the dispatch recruit ran away from home and the officer returned her back to her residence safely, while having a heart-to-heart that stuck with her
By Ashley Silver
TULSA, Okla. — As several recruits graduated from the Tulsa Police Department’s Public Safety Communications program, one recruit had a touching reunion with an officer who had helped her several years before.
According to KTUL News, communications recruit, Lorissa Martinez, initially stumbled upon Tulsa police officer Megan Elias’ photo after recruits were tasked with looking up an officer’s information as part of their communications training. Since one of the recruits was the daughter of Officer Elias, they chose that officer to complete the training exercise and Martinez was surprised by what she found.
During middle school, Lorissa Martinez ran away from home and Officer Elias returned her back to her residence safely while having a heart-to-heart talk that always stuck with her. That night, Elias also gave Martinez her business card in case she ever needed to reach out to her again.
After looking up the officer’s information during training, the memory of that night and the kind officer’s words flooded back to her.
As the graduation ceremony took place, Martinez got the chance to see Elias in person and showed the officer the business card she kept with her from all those years ago. The two snapped photos after the smiling officer watched Martinez step into her career with the Tulsa Police Department.