Quick-Thinking Cop Saves Halloween
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ever since she was a little girl Sharon Allen of Kansas City, Kansas has loved Halloween.
“When I was growing up, I loved getting all kinds of candy. It really made me feel special and it was a lot of fun,” Allen told FOX 4′s Robert Townsend during an interview at her home Wednesday.
This Halloween is extremely special to Sharon because it almost didn’t happen.
“When I looked down, I didn’t see my pink bag, and I was like, ‘Oh my God! My candy is on the bus!’” says Allen.
Monday her nightmare on Eighth Street began after Sharon stepped off a Metro bus near Minnesota street and forgot her big bag of Halloween candy. Her $20 worth of Snickers, M&M’s and a lot more all left on the bus that just kept moving.
“The driver wasn’t stopping. He was flying!” Sharon said.
The 47-year-old cancer survivor, who walks with a cane, dashed for the bus, but she couldn’t catch it, and, that’s when Officer Mark Palmerin, Senior sprung into action.
“I said, ‘Tell you what, jump in, hang on and let’s go!’” he said. Palmerin flicked on his flashing lights and siren with Sharon in the back seat of his squad car.
“I’m so grateful he put me in his car and tried to catch the candy,” Sharon said.
With lights and sirens on, off they went.
“We ended up driving down Minnesota,” Palmerin said. “We went through an alley and we hit a lot of corners.”
Finally, five blocks away from the Kansas City Kansas Police Department, Officer Palmerin pulled over the bus, stopped the clueless bus driver and a passenger handed an exhausted Sharon her much-sought after candy.
A relieved Sharon, now calls the caring cop, who helped her, her “Halloween hero.”
“I guess in her eyes I am,” he said, smiling. “I’m glad I was able to help her out.”
“I love him for that and I love his heart! He made my day,” said Sharon, who says she’ll never forget the officer’s good deed.