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These Arkansas Police Officers Play Wingman to an Elderly Man on a Mission

June 4, 2014
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These Arkansas Police Officers Play Wingman to an Elderly Man on a Mission
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When he needed flowers, these Little Rock cops were by his side.

The hard truth about Alzheimer’s is that the disease can cruelly wipe a patient’s memories away. For Doris Amrine, that’s the exact scenario she faces each day as she slowly loses the person she’s known and loved for more than 60 years: Her husband Melvyn.

But as you can see in the CBS News report below, even if Melvyn can’t remember all the details of their life together, his love for his wife isn’t just about the memories. It’s an instinct.

This past Mother’s Day, unbeknownst to anyone else, the Little Rock, Arkansas man set out on a mission — to buy flowers for his wife, something he’s done every year since Doris gave birth to their first child. When his family noticed he was missing, they called the police. The officers soon found him wandering two miles from home.

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Even though he requires assistance to walk, Melvyn was “adamant” about buying the flowers, Sgt. Brian Grigsby and Officer Troy Dillard said. So instead of taking him home, the officers went beyond the call of duty and took him to a store to purchase a bouquet. One officer even covered the difference when Melvyn came up short at the cash register.

“We had to get them,” Grigsby told CBS. “I didn’t have a choice.”

The incredible gesture clearly made the desired impact. “When I saw him waking up with those flowers in hand, it just about broke my heart because I thought ‘Oh he went there to get me flowers because he loves me,'” Doris said.

This longtime couple proves that loves conquers all.

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