Author: Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D.

By Erin Tiernan and Erin Tiernan The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.

QUINCY, Mass. — Police stepped in to help a superhero in need of assistance on Thursday morning.

No, it wasn’t Batman down, it was simply a life-sized stuffed replica of the Dark Knight left on a stoop at the corner of Beale Street and Newport Avenue, Sgt. Karyn Barkas said.

“Someone called it in because they thought it was a person having a medical episode or overdosing,” she said. The call came in around 9:20 a.m.

The officer was relieved to find the stuffed Batman instead of a person and it gave everyone at the police station a good laugh, Barkas said.

Barkas said the caller did the right thing by calling police, even though it turned out to be Batman.

Passerby calls dispatch and reports a man down at the corner of Beale St & Newport Ave. Officer working detail in area runs to location to see if he can help… #batmandown #truestory #seesomethingsaysomething #thejokerdidit

— Quincy Police (@quincymapolice) February 22, 2018

“We want to stress the fact that this person was doing the right thing and had legitimate concerns. I don’t want to discourage anyone from calling us,” she said.

It was Quincy Police Department’s only run-in with life-sized stuffed toys this week.

On Tuesday police got a visit from Tuck, a four-foot tall stuffed teddy bear, from the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.

Tuck spent the day hanging out with Sgt. Barkas, where he checked out a self-defense class, helping police take down thieves stealing packages off of a doorstep in Wollaston, hiding from Mace the police dog and waltzing with Capt. Anthony Dibona.

“Quincy Credit Union is promoting child homelessness awareness and they asked if they could bring Tuck over to take some pictures. We thought it was a great idea,” Barkas said.

Tuck also checked out the fire department and the council on aging.

©2018 The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.

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