Editor's note: The following letter was sent to Chief William A. Mason of the Harwich Police Department thanking the chief and his officers for their handling of a very delicate situation.
September 26, 2008
Chief William A. Mason
Harwich Police Department
183 Sisson Road
Harwich, MA 02645
RE: CARE OF MY DAUGHTER ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2008
Dear Chief Mason:
It is undoubtedly every parent's worst nightmare to have your child taken from you without your knowledge and/or consent. Unfortunately, this is precisely what happened to me when my estranged husband took my daughter from her school without any of her belongings and headed to Harwich. I was fortunate in that I was able to get immediate (temporary) sole custody which then allowed me to go to my local police department who, in turn, contacted the Harwich Police Department for assistance.
"Chief Mason, again, thank you to you and every member of the policedepartment that assisted both [withheld] and me. Thank you, thank you,thank you."
Sergeant Manly from the Wayland Police Department contacted Sergeant Campbell and he was immediately incredibly helpful. Sergeant Campbell worked with Sergeant Manly on the best way to handle this matter and informed us that he would put out a description of my estranged husband's car. Within a very short period of time, the car was located in a restaurant parking lot at which time the court ORDER was faxed to Sergeant Campbell and, thereafter, my daughter was retrieved and taken to the Harwich Police Station.
Needless to say, while I was ecstatic that my daughter, [withheld] had been located I was beside myself with worry as she would not be around anyone that she knew, wis in a strange location, truly did not know what was going on and it was going to take me two hours to get to her. As it turned out, there was no need for me to worry, [withheld] was being treated like royalty and frankly, she had a wonderful time on her adventure to the "Police Officers' Station" as she refers to it.
As I drove to Harwich not only did Sergeant Campbell call me to let [withheld] speak to me but Communication Specialist Amy Handel called as well. Each of these phone calls was so reassuring to me and [withheld] sounded great.
I will leave you with one short story; the other day as I was getting[withheld] ready for school she asked me if the next time I had to worklate (I told her I was working late and that is why she had to wait forme at the police station) if she could go back to the "Police Officers'Station" to see her friends because she had such a good time there and\they really miss me, mom.\
When I arrived at the police station I was greeted by Sergeant Campbell and, I believe, Sergeant David Jacek, who took me right to see [withheld]. What I saw was nothing short of amazing. [withheld]was sitting at a table with Communication Specialist Amy Handel , (who had had the dubious honor of entertaining/occupying [withheld] during her visit), surrounded by artwork, coloring pages, a stuffed animal, a fabulous police hat etc. I cannot begin to tell you how relieved I was to see her but even more so to see that she had a wonderful time. We packed up our stuff and headed home and I really expected [withheld] to be asleep within two minutes of getting into the car but that was not to occur, instead she went on and on about her adventure at the "Police Officers' Station" and all of the wonderful people there.
I am sorry that this is so long winded but I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the assistance and care that both [withheld] and I received from everyone at the Harwich Police Department. From my initial contact with Sergeant Campbell, to the transport of [withheld] by Officer Richard Buttrick (who[withheld] refers to as "daddy's friend"), to Sergeant David Jacek and Communication Specialist Amy Handel who cared so wonderfully for [withheld] while she was at the police station, each member of the department went above and beyond to help us and, for that, I cannot say thank you enough. They are all truly amazing and wonderful people.
I will leave you with one short story; the other day as I was getting [withheld] ready for school she asked me if the next time I had to work late (I told her I was working late and that is why she had to wait for me at the police station) if she could go back to the "Police Officers' Station" to see her friends because she had such a good time there and "they really miss me, mom."
Chief Mason, again, thank you to you and every member of the police department that assisted both [withheld] and me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Very truly yours,