Citizen Alert Helps Find Missing 4-Year Old Boy
“A high-tech case of lost-and-found” — ABC 7 News
Citizen’s mission is to Protect the World. Every day, we work hard building technology that empowers communities to protect each other. These are the stories that inspire and motivate us to fulfill our mission.
4-year old Messiah Cummings had become separated from his mother at the Broadway Junction subway station at the corner of Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York in Brooklyn, and wound up on a Manhattan-bound J train.
As the Citizen app provided real-time updates of the boy’s description and the escalating police mobilization efforts, Messiah made his way into Manhattan, ending up at a restaurant supply shop in the Lower East Side.
Shop employee and Citizen user ‘Mr_Gonz’ opened the Citizen app to find the incident report, confirming that this was the child reported missing. Using this information, they called 911 right away to alert the police that the boy was found, safe and protected. Police officers also used the Citizen app to verify the boy’s name.
Messiah was soon taken to New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital and was reported to be in good health as he reunited with his mother.
Seeing the ways in which our users utilize Citizen to keep each other safe is what keeps us doing what we do. Keep Protecting the World.