Over two decades after a South Bend police officer saved the life of a toddler walking alone in traffic, the now 27-year-old man returned to the department to say thank you.
On July 16, 1998, a 911 caller reported a child walking in and out of traffic on the northeast side of South Bend. Officer Hayes arrived quickly at the scene, placed the boy in her patrol vehicle and waited for other officers to respond to the call.
Theiss said he can't remember much, but he does recall being brought to the station and accidentally spilling a drink in the break room. While an officer went to buy him a new drink, longtime civilian employee Emma Beserra gave him a stuffed animal and started speaking to him in Spanish.