Whitney Moore's prom turned out to be a special occasion Monday after the New York Police Department came to the rescue after the teenager's home burned down and threatened her chance to attend.
WNBC-TV said a fire destroyed Moore's Brooklyn family home several weeks ago with the family losing everything inside. Moore admitted that the prom – something she had been waiting for since her freshman year – was placed on hold as the family dealt with the fire, noted WNBC-TV.
Officers at the Brooklyn North precinct, though, remembered Moore after she won an essay contest earlier, which made her NYPD borough "commander for the day." Det. Izora Neal said once officers learned of Moore's plight, they wanted to help.
"The wheels started spinning, eyes started opening," Neal told WNBC-TV. "It's like, 'I think we can do this.'"
Chief Jeffrey Maddrey, head of the NYPD Borough Brooklyn North, donated his sports utility vehicle so it could be driven to Moore's prom while officers gave up a police escort, wrote WNBC-TV.
"We need to invest in our children," Maddrey told WNBC-TV. "They're our precious resource, our most precious resource. Moore may really be the commander down here soon or later."
Moore's arrival to the prom with the police escort was captured on video and posted on the precinct's Facebook page. The precinct also shared photos on social media.
Moore shared her thanks to the police officers on Twitter.
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