WATCH - Diaper Duty: Police Officers to the Rescue

By: NBC News
By: NBC News

"Officers responded to the WalMart in reference to an in-progress shoplifting. The suspects were located as they attempted to flee the scene. The arrested couple had two infants with them. One in need of a serious diaper change and the other crying so loud the sergeant on scene developed a headache. Officers Stallings & Stevens went right to work. Both are expert fathers as well as police officers. Diaper changed, baby stopped crying and later the babes were turned over to family members."

Dunwoody Police Department

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- To protect, serve, and ... change diapers?

Two Dunwoody Police Officers responded to a shoplifting complaint, but when they got to the scene, they got a whole lot more than they bargained for.

Track: Officers Kerry Stallings and Mark Steven are ready for the bad guys -- but a bad diaper?

"Nothing on here was prepared for a diaper or wipes, that's for sure," said Officer Stallings.

But when they rolled out on a call last Friday they found two children desperate for a change.

Their parents were arrested for shoplifting at a local WalMart and had allegedly left the infants in the car.

Both officers are fathers and said more than their police training, instincts kicked in.

"I've changed many outside of work, but in 15 years, I've never had to change a diaper at work," said Officer Stevens.

Another officer on the scene snapped this photo of Stallings with one of the babies, and it immediately went viral - racking up thousands of likes on Facebook.

"My wife said that she's been changing diapers for five years and she never got on the news about it. I changed one and I end up on the news," said Officer Stallings.

The two officers aren't just getting attention for the diaper change, they're getting some gear.

The city council is awarding them Dunwoody Diaper bags, that Stallings hopes will match his outfit.

"It better be! It better be black with Velcro all over it," said Stallings.

No matter the design, Stevens says that diaper bag is going on duty.

"I will carry that proudly. I will show up with my gear bag and my diaper bag on calls. And if I need to change a diaper out on a call, I have changed many before, and I can do another one," said Stevens.

They're getting the new Dunwoody diaper bags at the next city council meeting, but there's no word on the design just yet.


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