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Girl on mission to hug police in all 50 states makes it to NH

Union Leader Correspondent

July 19. 2018 7:49PM
Rosalyn Baldwin and her brother Phillip were at the Portsmouth Police Department on Thursday as part of Rosalyn's mission to hug a police officer in all 50 states. Chief Robert Merner said he has been following the Louisiana girl's journey (Courtesy of Portsmouth Police Department)

Rosalyn Baldwin arrived in New Hampshire with one mission Thursday: To hug some police officers. (Facebook Photo)

PORTSMOUTH — An 8-year-old girl on a mission to hug police officers in all 50 states arrived in New Hampshire Thursday morning with plans to provide inspiration to law enforcement in Portsmouth and Dover.

Rosalyn Baldwin of Hammond, La., began her journey after telling family it was in her heart to hug police when she learned about the July 7, 2016, mass shooting in Dallas, Texas. Five police officers were killed and nine were injured in an ambush that day.

Baldwin is the daughter of Rev. Errick Baldwin and his wife, Angie. She says they were called to help their daughter reach her admirable goal of spreading love.

“This is her mission. This is what God gave her,” Angie Baldwin said Thursday.

Angie Baldwin said police officers have to instantly go into emergency mode in a split second on their jobs and getting a hug from Rosalyn brightens their day.

“It’s life changing to see their responses. She brings a little bit of God in her hugs,” Angie Baldwin said.

Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Merner said Rosalyn’s visit could not have come at a better time. On Sunday, Officer Michael Chesna was killed in the line of duty while working for the Weymouth Police Department in Massachusetts.

“It was just wonderful to meet her. She was more than what we expected,” Merner said. “We had a tremendous conversation about dinosaurs.”

Rosalyn was given a police escort to the station and about 20 officers and civilians met outside and took photos. Merner bought the little girl a bouquet of flowers and afterward a group of officers treated her to lunch at Poco’s Bow Street Cantina overlooking the Piscataqua River.

Rosalyn reported that she looks forward to third grade in the fall but for right now spreading God’s word is her work.

“I know now the big three are faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is love,” Rosalyn said.

Angie Baldwin said Rosalyn will be at the Dover Police Department Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. New Hampshire is the 32nd state the girl has visited.

The Baldwins will be in Portland, Maine, on Monday.

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