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Sixth-grader helps young boy walking alone

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 1:13 p.m. CDT
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Reagan Middle School sixth-grader Jacob Duffy receives a special letter of commendation from Chief Danny Langloss (right). Thanks to Duffy's intervention, Police Officer Les Shaw (left) was recently help a Lincoln Elementary second-grader who was without a ride get home.

DIXON – Jacob Duffy noticed something a little strange.

A young boy was walking all alone through his west Dixon neighborhood just after 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18,, and Jacob had never seen him before.

Worried, Jacob, a sixth-grader at Reagan Middle School, walked up to the boy to check on him. He soon learned that the boy, a second-grader at Lincoln Elementary School, had missed the bus to get home. The boy lives near Jefferson Elementary, and so decided to walk the more than 2 miles home.

Jacob instead persuaded the boy to come back to his house with him, where he called police.

Dixon Police Officer Les Shaw showed up to Jacob’s home within minutes and made sure that Jefferson was notified about the whereabouts of its missing pupil.

It turned out that the boy’s mother had been very concerned.

Shaw drove the boy to his mother before he returned to the police department, where he and Chief Danny Langloss decided to formally recognize Jacob.

“I felt it was important to recognize Jacob for his bravery and quick action,” Shaw said in a news release. “This young boy would have had to cross many busy intersections to get where he needed to go. You never know what could have happened.”

The next day, Langloss and Shaw walked into Jacob’s homeroom class at Reagan Middle School.

There, the two presented Jacob with a special letter of commendation, a Dixon Police Department challenge coin, and a full set of Dixon Police trading cards.

“You could tell Jacob was surprised to see us,” Langloss said in the release. “The look on his face when we recognized him in front of the other students and staff was priceless. He didn’t expect anything for what he had done. We need more students like Jacob in our community.”

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