Klynn Scales was a young girl from Kansas who had a difficult home life. Along with her two younger siblings, she grew up in an environment of neglect. In the middle of the chaos, her guiding light was a police officer who promised to check on her every day and finally saved her life. Scales became a Galveston police officer 20 years later, in honor of the man who had rescued her.
However, it took her 20 years to learn his name and express her gratitude for saving her life.
Scales’s mother struggled with drug addiction, which caused instability in her life and home.
Scales remembers stealing food from a grocery store to feed herself and her two younger siblings at nine years old.
Officer Jeffrey Colvin was patrolling the streets one day when the young Scales saw him and waved.
“He was like my best friend. I remember him bringing us candy sometimes. You know kids. We love candy,” Scales jokingly told KCTV.
Colvin told Scales that he would check on her daily while she was in Kansas City, and he did.
“Through all the bad situations, I would just picture him saying that he was here for us and that if we ever need him, he would be right there. He would always protect us, and so those words would come to me during the worst times of my childhood life,” Scales said to FOX 4.
Colvin, who is now a Staff Sergeant, kept his promise. On that day, Colvin overheard Scales’ address being broadcast over the police radio for a call to the children’s division. He went inside her home and found that she was sick.
“She was in pretty weak condition, pale,” Colvin said. He rushed her to the hospital, where malnutrition was discovered.
Scales later relocated to another state, and the two had lost touch. She had no idea what his name was, but she was determined to find him again and thank him for being her real-life hero.
She requested assistance from the Kansas City Police Department, discovered the helpful officer’s identity, and reconnected with him.
Colvin remembered her, too. “I had actually thought about her and wondered whatever happened with her … Most times we go through our career not realizing we truly helped anybody out,” Colvin said.
“I was very proud of her. She really beat all statistical odds to get where she was,” Colvin said. “Most people would look at her 9-year-old self and basically write her off and say this girl doesn’t have a chance in the world. She’s not going to amount to anything. She obviously proved everybody wrong there.”
In honor of Colvin, Scales created a plaque that reads: “A promise made, a promise kept, walking in the footsteps of a true hero!”
Scales had intended to create a nonprofit to help abused and neglected children solve their difficulties. “I really believe that people are placed into your life for a reason,” said Scales.