AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Police Department is recognizing one of their officers for going above and beyond the call of duty to help an out-of-town family whose trip to the Cincinnati Zoo was interrupted by an auto crash.
District 4 Officer Rachel Baldwin met the family when she responded to an auto accident on East Martin Luther King Drive in Avondale back on May 28, police posted to their Facebook page early Monday.
While investigating the accident, Baldwin discovered one of the drivers was from out of town and trying to take her 7-year-old daughter to the Cincinnati Zoo.
"The child was very visibly upset and scared," police wrote. "The family's car was totaled and had no way of getting back home, which was two hours away in Indiana."
The officer helped the family get a hotel room for the evening and even offered to drive the family to the airport to secure a rental vehicle.
Once her investigation was complete, she drove to the Cincinnati Zoo and purchased the girl a stuffed hippopotamus doll.
The officer returned to the hotel to locate the family and give the daughter her doll.
"In a second act of kindness and compassion, Officer Baldwin paid for the family's room for the evening," police wrote.