Injured Baltimore Officer Thanks Kids for Support


A city officer who was badly injured when she was knocked off the Jones Falls Expressway went to a church Friday and met with kids who provided encouragement in a huge way.

Officer Teresa Rigby was injured in June when she went over the jersey wall on Interstate 83 while helping a disabled motorist. She landed on pavement some 30 feet below the bridge and was taken to Shock Trauma for treatment.

On Friday, with the help of a walker, she visited Zion Baptist Church to meet with kids at a summer camp.

11 News reporter Rob Roblin said the camp’s director thought it would be nice if the kids sent Rigby a gift.

"We heard about Officer Rigby's story," said the church's Antoynica Ryan. "We teach the kids about empathy, so we came up with the idea to give her a get-well card to encourage her through her rehabilitation."

The kids stood and applauded when Rigby entered the room. She hugged them and told them how much she appreciated the gesture.

"I just appreciated them taking the time to make me the banner," Rigby said. "I think about them every time I see it. It was very nice of them to make that for me."

The kids told Roblin that sending the gift was the right thing to do.

"We wanted to help her feel better," said one child.

"The police department is very important to us," another added.

Roblin asked Rigby if she realized how cared about she was, and Rigby replied, "I didn't know until now."


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