Officer surprises friend from Special Olympics

Officer surprises friend from Special Olympics

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A North Little Rock police officer traveled to Jonesboro to surprise his friend.

"I didn't expect that one coming," Ashley McLearen.

Her day was supposed to be an ordinary day at the Focus Inc. Adult Disabilities Center in Jonesboro.

But it was anything than ordinary.

Officer Tommy Norman of the North Little Rock Police Department walked into the center with a bouquet of flowers in hand.

Those flowers were for McLearen.

The two met in 2010 at the Special Olympics and have become close friends since then.

Officer Norman spent his day off in Jonesboro to surprise his friend.

"I'm in shock and I was happy he came," McLearen said while hugging her friend.

Officer Norman said police officers have a big responsibility.

"It's real important as a police officer that you utilize your position to go out and make a difference," Norman said. "You do more than write tickets, more than make arrests. We have the opportunity to go out and be role models to individuals."

Norman and McLearen only get to see each other once a year at the Special Olympics.

Officer Norman says he couldn't wait an entire year and he had to make this trip.

McLearen calls Officer Norman "Pretty Boy" and says she was pumped "Pretty Girl" and "Pretty Boy" were reunited.

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