A desperate mum who had run out of milk for her baby called 911 at 2am – and got an amazing response from the police.
Mum of five Shannon Bird, , from Alpine in Utah, said she doesn’t normally use formula milk because she breastfeeds her babies but she had no other choice in this case:
“I’ve never not had food for my newborn,” said Shannon, adding: “It was really scary for me.”
Local radio station KSL obtained a recording of Shannon’s 911 call: “I’ve been calling neighbours and no one will answer,” she can be heard telling the operator.
“I’ve never been in this predicament ever. My milk just literally dried out. This is my fifth kid and this has never happened.”
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She goes on to explain that her husband is of town and that the rest of her five children are in bed.
Because Shannon normally breastfeeds her infants she didn’t have any formula milk in the house.
“She was screaming,” Shannon said. “I called my husband and we were brainstorming. I started calling neighbours and teenagers in the area and my little brother and no one was awake.”
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Lone Peak police sent officer Brett Wagstaff to help and he did his best by stopping off on the way to Shannon’s house to buy a gallon of milk at the local 24 hour shop.
But when he arrived, he realised his mistake. Seeing that Shannon’s little one needed infant formula, and not just milk, he went back to the Walmart and got some of that instead.
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Body camera footage reveals officer Wagstaff telling Shannon: “That’s the same stuff we gave my daughter when she was first born, so hopefully it doesn’t upset her stomach.”
“I was not expecting them to go get that food for me,” Shannon said, saying that she had just wanted the cops to keep an eye on her kids while she drove to the shop.
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Officer Dave Ventrano from Lone Peak police told reporters: “Most of us, we got on this job to help people, and this was an example of helping out a mother that was in need.”
He added: “To this mom, this is a priority for her.
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“It’s been about protect and serve. This is part of the serve.
"We are here to serve the public.”
Shannon said she wanted to thank the police again for their late-night mercy dash: “Thank you for helping people in situations where they can’t help themselves in emergencies.”
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