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A state trooper's simple act of kindness helps flood victims

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A group of Cedar Rapids police officers and state troopers help turn a bad situation into a positive one, with the help of a teddy bear.

During the flooding in Cedar Rapids, Melissa Bishop had her car stolen. A week later, police found her car, but items inside were missing, including her 6-year-old daughter's "blankie." Her daughter was devastated.

Melissa says, "That thing was kind of a constant for her. It was her one thing that she could count on, so to have someone take that from her... was very difficult. She was just inconsolable."

A state trooper could see that, so he stepped in with "Trooper the Bear." It turned a bad moment into a special memory that Melissa hopes her daughter will always remember.

Melissa says, "This showed my daughter that the good guys will always outnumber the bad guys, that there will always be someone there that is going to make it all better. I was struggling to figure out a way to do that ...and then he stepped in and made things right for her."

Melissa does not know the trooper's name who went above and beyond for her daughter. She wrote a letter thanking the entire department for their small act of kindness that made a big difference for one 6-year-old.

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