Bradley County deputy and boy with autism caught on camera doing push-ups
Bradley County (WTVC) —
A social media post that shows a Bradley County deputy and a boy doing push-ups in a driveway is getting shared over and over.
On Facebook, it's been shared more than 300 times.
'An officer and Bubba - a boy with autism.' That's how Christy Richardson titled a picture on her Facebook page.
"When you deal with a child with autism, there's not a lot of help out here," said Christy Richardson, Bubba's mom.
On this day, Christy says she needed a little extra help calming down her son, Brandon, or Bubba, as most know him.
"He gets agitated very easily, and it got to the point it was a little out of control - so we called an officer out," said Richardson.
That officer was Bradley County Patrol Deputy, Corey Loftis.
"He kept telling me, 'I don't know what to do. I don't know what to do. And, I was like, 'well you've got to find a way. We've got to find a way. You gotta channel this someway else,'" said Loftis.
Loftis says when he got to Bubba's home it was clear he was upset, and Loftis needed to do something to defuse the situation.
"Well, he talked and all that first and then to calm me down, he did push-ups with me to calm me down," said Bubba.
"It gave me a chance to kind of unplug for a second, but it also gave me a chance to help him out," said Officer Loftis.
Loftis says officers go on calls like this one frequently.
"It just happened to get caught on camera that day," he said. "As far as our training goes, we're kind of on the dis-fortunate side of that. We don't get that kind of training, so you kinda gotta wing it and make it up as you go."
Richardson wishes, for her son and so many others, that was different.
"I do believe that there should be some kind of training because we've had other officers that just didn't know how to deal with [him], started yelling, [and] made the situation worse," she added.
Loftis says he's just happy he could figure out how to help that day.
"I'm just excited. This kind of shows people the good side to everything. We are humans. And we do care about people," he added.
This is not the first time we've done a story on Bubba.
Bubba is now more than half way towards his goal. He's collected 534 thousand tabs.
You can go to Bubba's Facebook page here - Bubba's Life - Autism and So Much More.
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