A 4-year-old boy recently found comfort in a University of Arizona police officer while walking down Tumamoc Hill.
UAPD Officer Andrew Valenzuela was at Tumamoc Hill responding to a routine service call when he came across 4-year-old Liam walking with his family.
In a Facebook post, UAPD said Liam was scared that he was up so high and asked Valenzuela to hold his hand as they trekked down the hill.
While walking down the hill, Valenzuela and Liam chatted about police, firefighters and superheroes.
Liam's mom later reached out to the department and called Officer Valenzuela "a prime example of what it means to be a civil servant."
"He walked down with us and gave Liam a bunch of education," she continued, according to the Facebook post. "You guys never get enough credit for what you do and words cannot express my gratitude. Please let Officer Valenzuela know how much it made our day."
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Lupita Pena, center, receives some instructions from Kanin Routson, a graduate student at the University of Arizona, before heading up Tumamoc Hill for an early morning walk. Pena joined other walkers in the "citizen science" project aimed at gathering information on wildflower blooming patterns. The data gathered will help gauge the effects of climate change and other factors on vegetation.
Lupita Pena makes her way back down Tumamoc Hill with her data sheet as part of the "citizen science" project.
Kanin Routson, a graduate student at the University of Arizona, counts the number of buds and blooms on a marked cholla bush on Tumamoc Hill. Routson is working with Gary Nabhan, a research scientist at the University of Arizona's Southwest Center, in gathering information on wildflower blooming patterns. The data gathered will help gauge the effects of climate change and other factors on vegetation.
Regina Fitzsimmons, a research assistant, reads off numbers to Kanin Routson, a graduate student at the University of Arizona, on the counts of buds and blooms on marked desert plants at Tumamoc Hill.
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