Franklin County deputy connects with runaway juvenile, reunites family

Franklin County
Image credti: Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Facebook

PASCO, Wash. — Sometimes, all it takes to connect with someone in need is a bit of patience and strong listening skills. This was the case on Monday night in Basin City, where a Franklin County deputy helped reunite a family.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were sent to search the Basin City area just after 11:00 p.m. on July 25, 2022. Callers reported that a young juvenile was walking around a neighborhood, asking for a place to stay.

For a short while, deputies drove through Basin City looking for the subject when finally, they located someone matching the caller’s description. FCSO officials say the deputies tried to make contact with the juvenile, but he ran away from them quickly.

Moments later, law enforcement found the juvenile again. They say he seemed like he wanted to run away again, but it was apparent that he was tired, so the juvenile sat down and had a conversation with Deputy Rodriguez.

The pair spoke and listened to each other, connecting on common ground and coming to an understanding. Lots of that was attributed to Deputy Rodriguez’s listening ability as the young boy shared his story. Eventually, the boy allowed Deputy Rodriguez to drive him home and reunite with his family several miles away.

Listening to someone else’s perspective and offering a helping hand could make all the difference in getting that person out of a dangerous situation.


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