NYPD Cop Fulfills Promise to Crying Boy on Her Flight and Delivers Him a Toy

A police officer who promised a crying boy on an airplane a truck if he settled down stuck to her word, and hand-delivered the toy to him after returning home.

There's nothing worse than sitting next to a screaming child on a flight, so New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Yaritza Martinez decided to take matters into her own hands.

Martinez, who hails from the 43rd precinct, was on a "packed" flight to the Dominican Republic at the end of September, when she made a bargain with the boy, according to a tweet by the NYPD 43rd precinct.

He was inconsolable, despite numerous attempts by various people to calm him down. Martinez decided to speak to the youngster, and learned he was upset after wanting to play with a toy vehicle that belonged to another child.

After chatting with the family, Martinez promised to buy him a toy truck if he stopped crying after learning he lived within the precinct limits.

The prospect of a brand new truck did the trick and he stopped weeping, and sticking to her word Martinez dropped off the truck in person to the young lad on Thursday.

Speaking to Newsweek, Deputy Inspector Keiyon S. Ramsey, commanding officer of the 43rd precinct, explained Martinez piqued the interest of colleagues when she arrived at work armed with the toy.

"Police Officer Yaritza Martinez was viewed entering the command with a box containing a set of children's toy trucks. Being inquisitive I did ask her why she would bring the toys into work. Officer Martinez informed me a month ago while waiting for her plane to board to head to the Dominican Republic she noticed a young boy crying but could not figure out the child's reasoning. She noticed that the child would not stop even when multiple people attempted to calm him down," he explained.

On a packed ✈️ flight to the Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 Police Officer Martinez made a promise to a crying little boy (who just so happened to live in our confines), that if he stopped crying on the plane she would buy him a toy truck. Today she made good on her promise💙 pic.twitter.com/RLsACqRLgq

— NYPD 43rd Precinct (@NYPD43Pct) September 30, 2021

Ramsey went on to recount the mid-flight conversation, adding: "Officer Martinez stated she would give it a shot thus approached the young boy. While speaking to the boy she discovered the child was not able to grasp the concept of sharing and wanted a toy truck that another little boy was playing with."

After chatting with the boy's mother, in an incredible twist of fate Martinez discovered they lived in the Bronx, within her sector.

Ramsey continued: "Officer Martinez thus continued to comfort the child and promised the young boy that when he had returned to the Bronx that she would get the young boy his very own truck if he were to stop crying.

"Officer Martinez stated she was able to keep in contact with the boy's mother and upon his return did give the young boy a box of toy trucks thus keeping her promise."

A heartwarming photo showing Martinez embracing the child was shared to the official Twitter page for the precinct, with the all-important truck seen in the background.

The tweet said: "On a packed flight to the Dominican Republic Police Officer Martinez made a promise to a crying little boy (who just so happened to live in our confines), that if he stopped crying on the plane she would buy him a toy truck. Today she made good on her promise."

The post has been met with an outpouring of gratitude for the officer's kind actions, as Raj responded to the tweet, simply saying: "Thank you Officer Martinez."

Gavin wrote: "Absolutely awesome."

Robert A. Baron agreed, saying: "That's so awesome!"

While SkyKing joked: "Bribery. It works every time."

Newsweek reached out to Martinez for comment.