It started out as just another shift for three Cleveland police officers.
Officers Michael Tracy and Anthony Espada were patrolling near the West Side Market after a series of car break-ins had been reported in the area.
Officer Barbara Johnson was doing some work in the offices of the second district police headquarters.
At 5:52 p.m. on May 6, 2013, their day – and their lives – would change when a dispatcher issued a startling radio call.
“I got a call from a female,” the dispatcher broadcast on the police band. “Says her name is Amanda Berry, and that she had been kidnapped ten years ago.”
Tracy and Espada instantly raced about a mile down the street, crossing I-90, then making the first turn south of the freeway onto Seymour Avenue.
As soon as they turned, they saw a young woman holding a young child. It was Amanda Berry and her six-year-old daughter who was born in captivity.
“Even before we could stop the car, she’s right at the window,” said Tracy, “and we look at her, and we look at each other – and that’s her.”
“I never saw that look on Mike before,” added Espada, and he’s like ‘it’s her.’”
Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the amazing rescue that took place that night — a rescue that ended roughly a decade in brutal captivity for Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
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