FIRST ON WWAY: A reunion stuffed with love

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It was a very warm welcome for a top cop who made headlines earlier this week. Northwest Police Chief Copelen Taylor met up with the young girls he comforted over the weekend.

It was a terrifying night Aubree Smith, and her friend Anna Ham, never thought would happen.

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“There was a crazy man running from the police,” Aubree said.

“It was scary, we’ve never been through anything like this before. It was a very scary situation,” Aubree’s mother, Robin Smith said.

After Chief Taylor found himself in Aubree’s backyard catching a suspect, he turned his attention to the girls to calm them down.

“Chief Taylor came up and hugged us and said everything’s gonna be alright,” Aubree said.

It was a moment Aubree’s parents will never forget. Nor will they forget what Chief Taylor did next.

“It was amazing. I couldn’t believe, I was like are you serious? He came back and brought them stuffed animals,” Smith said. “And, you know, just because he wanted to show them that he really did care.”

The girls were not home at the time but their reaction was priceless.

“Chief Taylor came back today and brought y’all teddy bears. And we were just sitting in the back seat watching a movie like ‘Aw that’s so sweet!’. And then she showed us the pictures and we were just so happy,” Aubree said.

It was a small act of kindness that meant so much to the Columbus County family.

“They have families. And they leave their families to go out and protect other families. And we were witness to that,” Smith said.

“I want to say to say thank you,” Anna said.

“Yeah, thank you for all you do,” Aubree said.

Both of the girls named their stuffed animals after Chief Taylor. Anna’s named her stuffed animal “Chief Teddy Bear” and Aubree named her stuffed animal “Chief Carrots.”