We will be forever in debt for the quick response by the Winslow Police Department, Winslow Rescue, Maine State Police and volunteers when my grandson, who has autism, went missing from his home in Winslow the evening of June 3.

Our biggest fears came true that night when he disappeared. Many autistic children who go missing are never found alive and well. It shakes me to the bone thinking about what could have happened.

The Winslow police force is an asset to the state of Maine. I have never seen such a quick response in my life. And a file was processed on my grandson to bring more knowledge and understanding about this child with autism. Anything could have happened, and, in most scenarios, it likely does. Everyone who was there looking for this child is a hero.

With the entire bad rap these days regarding our police, no one takes into consideration where we all be without them. Everyone is so easy on throwing our men and women protecting us under a bus. The media splash negative news all over the place.

I wish I was better at expressing my endless appreciation. But I want to say that everyone who was there helped save the life of a little boy last night. Because of their hard work, this family woke up the next morning with gratefulness, and not sorrow.

Judith Smith


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