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Little Rock Police Officers Find Missing Elderly Man with Alzheimers, Then They Help Him Buy Flowers for Mother’s Day

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Police in Little Rock went above and beyond the call of duty finding and taking care of a missing elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s who was out to buy his wife some flowers.

On any given day, you’ll find 83-year-old Mel Armine sitting in his garage watching the world go by.

But last Saturday was different for Mel, who has early stage Alzheimer.

His wife, 86-year-old Doris was getting ready for a ladies prayer meeting at the house when she noticed her husband missing.

“I took the car and went out looking for him. I looked for him at The EZ-Mart down here, the post office, all around the neighborhood here. But I couldn’t find him so I came back and I called my oldest daughter,” she recalled.

They called little rock police and a search began with several officers canvassing city streets.

“So then by that time some of the ladies had already come to the house for the prayer meeting and I said, let’s pray because this is what’s happening right now,” said Doris.

While the ladies prayed police searched.

“We sang a few songs and one was, I was lost and now I’m found. So I said let’s pray that,” said Doris.

Right about then, Sgt. Brian Grigsby and Officer Troy Dillard saw someone in the Mardell’s parking lot that looked a lot like Mel.

“I said how you doing Melvin? He said fine sir, how are you? I said I need you to get in the car with me so you can go back home. He said tomorrow is mother’s day and I need to get my wife some flowers,” said Grisby.

Meanwhile Doris and her prayer group get the phone call they prayed for.

“We were just so relieved he was found and he answered that prayer. I’m lost but now I’m found,” she said.

But Mel needed to find flowers. First stop Home Depot…

“Those were not the flowers he wanted. He wants cut flowers,” said Grisby.

…Then Kroger.

“He told me when he got in Kroger he only had $13,” he said.

The flowers were priced a bit more than that.

“As I went to pull for my wallet Officer Dillard just kind of threw some money up there,” said Grisby.

The bill was paid so they took Mel home to a not so happy Doris until.

“When I saw him waking up with those flowers in hand, it just about broke my heart because I thought oh he went there to get me flowers because he loves me,” said Doris.

So now as she sits at her kitchen table writing thank you letters to the police officers and thankful Mel is home safe she thinks of this.

“I appreciate all the policemen and I will pray every day for them because I know it’s not an easy job and they are human beings like we are,” she said.

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