This Police Officer's Response To A Missing Grandmother With Dementia Is Going Viral

A beautiful example of tenderness and grace.

The Charles County, Maryland sheriff's office posted a photograph to its Facebook timeline earlier this week that has gone viral, gathering media attention spanning from TODAY to Fox News

The photo shows a sheriff's deputy escorting an elderly woman through the woods while holding her hand.

The story behind it has many people talking.

The sheriff's office reports that the photograph comes from officers who responded to a 911 call from a woman who reported that her 81-year-old mother, who has dementia, had wandered off. 

According to TODAY, among those arriving at the scene were Sgt. Clarence Black and Officer Brandon Morrison, who spotted the woman, identified by TODAY only as "Roberta," walking alone.

The sheriff's office described the woman's response when officers approached her.

"At first, she seemed confused at the sudden appearance of police officers on the tree-lined trail, and she asked if the officers were out taking a walk too. They quietly replied 'Yes,' after all, it was a beautiful day. And then she seemed relieved and told them she had lost her way. 'No problem,' said Officer Morrison who then gently took her hand and, along with the other officers walked her back to her house. Along the way, the officers made small talk with the woman, to make her feel at ease. When asked what the key to a long, healthy life was, the woman replied, 'Eat good and stay active.'"

Read the heartwarming post below.

For more on Alzheimer's disease, please visit the Alzheimer's Association.

(H/T: DowzerW)