When six-year-old Hayden Williams moved into his new home in Eldridge, Iowa, he was scared to sleep in his bedroom. Hayden’s mother, Amanda Williams, tried her best to assure her son he was safe, but Hayden wasn’t too convinced. Luckily, Officer Bruce Schwartz of the Eldridge Police Department was willing to help. Officer Schwartz did a walkthrough August 2019, to make sure there were no “bad guys,” and Hayden was finally able to get some sleep. Ms. Williams and the Internet were surprised by the kind-hearted police officer’s response to quell her son’s fears.
Getting a good night’s rest can be challenging when you have wild thoughts or feel scared. Hayden Williams grew comfortable sharing a room with his older sibling, and he was nervous about moving and having his own room. The six-year-old boy told his mom about the scary thoughts he was having. Amanda Williams commented about her son, “He believes in bad guys and all other things that appear real to him.”
Unfortunately for Hayden, he accidentally caught a glimpse of some horror movie trailers. When Amanda found out her son couldn’t get the frightening images out of his head, she tried her best to help. Ms. Williams is a makeup artist, so she showed Hayden videos revealing how monsters on TV and films aren’t real. Hayden was still rattled and unable to sleep because of his anxiety and a vivid imagination.
Hayden’s mom tried everything she could to get her son to sleep: night lights, the family dog, and even a weighted blanket. Nothing seemed to calm Hayden, so Amanda decided to go to the police for assistance. Williams was worried the Eldridge Police Department would laugh at her request, but she was pleasantly surprised. Amanda commented, “I’ve raised my kids to know that police and doctors are there to help.”
Officer Bruce Schwartz was willing to sit down with the Williams family in private and discuss Hayden’s problem with monsters. Hayden asked if Officer Schwartz could come over to his house and investigate for lurking monsters. Amanda noted, “Officer Schwartz had so much empathy and compassion.” Schwartz agreed to go to Hayden’s home and check out all of the spaces that scared him.
Safe To Sleep
Hayden felt a lot more comfortable after Officer Schwartz showed him that nothing was threatening in his bedroom or home. Schwartz also let Hayden know that he too had scary thoughts from time to time, but there was a solution. If you could think about positive, happy thoughts, it would make scary thoughts go away. Officer Schwartz told Hayden how he liked to think about being a cowboy riding horses. When the officer came by to check up on Hayden, the young boy responded, “I thought of being a cowboy, just like you.” Hayden and his family were informed that they could always call on the police if they needed anything.
Williams shared her heartwarming experience of the Eldridge Police Department helping her son on Facebook. The story went viral, receiving 5.6K likes, 277 comments, and 297 shares on Fox News’s Facebook page. Julie Delgado commented, “Beautiful story. I know this mom and she’s an amazing parent. Full of love for her kids. Great officer!” Another Facebook user, Linda Mullinnix Smith, responded, “I wish I had thought of that when my daughter slept in a room similar to that. She was scared someone was hiding in the attic space too.” Eldridge, Iowa has an excellent reputation for being a safe place to raise a family and has low crime. When a parent was in need, the Eldridge Police Department was more than happy to oblige.
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