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Young girl pays it forward after being comforted by a police officer


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Police officers are known for giving out warnings and tickets, but what about teddy bears? That is exactly what one little girl got, and now, she wants to pay it forward.

It all started last November. When an Eau Claire police officer saw Annabelle Geissler visibly shaken after a car crash, he thought a stuffed toy was just what she needed to help calm her down. It did the trick and now the four-year-old and her stuffed dog that she named Sleeping Beauty, are inseparable. Today, the girl and her family donated five stuffed animals to the same officer that helped her last November.

"I've been doing these jobs for 23 years. It's these moments that make the job all worth while. It's when a citizen will come in, especially a little girl that thinks so highly of what she received. That makes me very proud to be a police officer," Officer Dan Theis says, of the Eau Claire Police Department.  

"My puppies got to say something, ruff, ruff, ruff," Annabelle Geissler weighed in.

Annabelle says she gave each bear hugs and kisses before donating them. The family hopes to continue this tradition every year. The officer plans to hand the bears out to children who are in scary situations.

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