This is definitely the most adorable thing you’ll see all day – possibly even all week: a fully uniformed police officer sitting in a small chair, at a small table, with a small girl – having a tea party. Corporal Patrick Ray, 30, saved two-year-old Bexley’s life last year when she choked on a coin in their home in Rowlett, Texas.
“Her lips were completely blue,” her mother, Tammy Norvell, 41, shared with CNN. She called 911, and Ray arrived there in a few minutes. “I could not believe how fast he got here,” Norvell recalled.
He managed to pry Bexley’s mouth open and carried out a “finger sweep.” His body camera recorded the minute she began breathing again. “It was the most beautiful sound I’d ever heard in my entire life,” Ray shared with CNN affiliate, KTVT.
Doctors confirmed that Bexley had swallowed a coin. Soon after, Ray went to check on Bexley in the hospital.
“Last time I checked, that was not their job description,” Norvell said.
Norvell wanted to commemorate a year of life beyond that frightening day, and decided to do something to celebrate the occasion. She opted for a photoshoot with a tea party theme.
“We do tea parties all the time,” said photographer Chelle Cates, “but we don’t normally invite grown men to them.” According to Cates, however, Ray was obviously a natural.
“He picked up that tiny little chair and sat down,” she explained, “I didn’t give him a lot of direction.”
The two very unlikely friends shared Apple Jacks and Oreos.
“He just talked to her and asked her how her Oreos were,” Cates said.
So, why celebrate a day that could have ended disastrously?
“I wanted to make something positive out of a negative thing,” Norvell told CNN. Ray saved Bexley’s life on that particular day. “I’m not going to let someone like that walk out of my life,” Norvelle said.
It was the start of a wonderful, albeit very unlikely, friendship.