From a young age, children are taught to dial 911 if they are in a dangerous situation. That’s why when two-year-old Aaliyah Garrett of South Carolina needed help, she immediately picked up the phone to call the police. A female cop was dispatched to little Aaliyah’s home, and when she arrived on the scene, she couldn’t believe her eyes.
When a dispatcher for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office got a call from what sounded like a toddler, he could not believe what he was hearing at first. It was clear that the tiny caller, two-year-old Aaliyah Garrett, was in desperate need of help, but for the life of him, he could not figure out why.
Initially, all that the dispatcher could hear were muffled noises when he took Aaliyah’s call. He repeatedly said, “Hello?” but he could just barely make out the tiny voice of a toddler. Not knowing what was going on, the dispatcher sent Deputy Martha Lohnes out to Aaliyah’s home to check out the scene.
When Deputy Martha Lohnes arrived at Aaliyah’s home, the little girl came running out to her looking disheveled. The officer knew right then and there that this would be a call like no other she had ever seen. It would also be an encounter that she would never forget, and likewise, which Aaliyah would remember forever.
Aaliyah’s grandfather was home at the time that she called 911, however, he had no idea that the toddler had made the call. But Aaliyah’s mother had always told her to call the police if she needed help, so when the toddler found herself in a bind, that’s exactly what she did.
Aaliyah’s grandfather assured Deputy Lohnes that there was no problem in the home, but the little girl was adamant that she needed assistance. Half dressed and hopping around the house, Aaliyah could not seem to get her pants on. After struggling to put on her pants by herself, she decided to call 911 and ask for some help, just as her mother had taught her to do.
“She just really needed help getting her pants on,” said Deputy Drew Pinciaro, a public information officer for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, according to ABC News. “Deputy Martha Lohnes was in the vicinity of the home, so she went over to make sure everything was OK. And well, the little girl came to the door with her pants half on, saying she needed help getting them on.”
Deputy Lohnes, who instantly fell in love with sweet little Aaliyah, sprung into action to help her adorable new friend get her pants on. She said that the two-year-old even reminded her of herself when she was little, as the deputy used to call 911 just because she loved cops and liked seeing them show up at her house.
Perhaps Aaliyah Garrett has a career in law enforcement in her future. For now, she has an adoring new friend and mentor in Deputy Martha Lohnes, who will undoubtedly never forget the day that she was called to a home in order to help a two-year-old girl in desperate need of assistance putting her tiny toddler pants on. It doesn’t get much cuter than that!