CORONA, Calif. – Madeline Ortiz, a 4-year-old Corona girl went to the Corona City Hall with a baseball in her tiny hand hoping to get an autograph from Dodger’s pitcher Joe Kelly on Wednesday night.
The Press-Enterprise attended the signing and captured many happy people of all ages leaving with their autographed baseball. When Madeline arrived with her family Joe Kelly was no longer signing so she was unable to have her ball signed. The Press-Enterprise captured a picture with Madeline holding her baseball and crying because she did not get there on time to have it signed.
Chief George Johnstone from the Corona Police Department saw the article and wanted to help Madeline by providing her with an autographed baseball. The Corona Police Department reached out to the community with a post on Facebook in search of Madeline’s family. Shortly after Corona residents helped to reach Madeline’s family. The family rushed over to the police station to pick up her autographed ball.
“Corona Police Department decided to turn those tears into a smile and were able to locate her family via social media thanks to Corona citizens,” said Corona Police Officials. “Chief George Johnstone gave Madeline a signed World Series ball signed by Joe Kelly and in return, she traded him her baseball.”
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