CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus joined local law enforcement for an event to raise awareness about children still missing in Ohio and across the country.
A heartfelt reunion with Capt. Keith Sulzer with the Cleveland Police Department took place Wednesday, with Sulzer embracing Gina DeJesus. She, along with Amanda Berry, brought awareness to missing and exploited children. That awareness could be seen with the "rock one sock" challenge, a symbol of remembrance for those still missing.
"It was a very surreal moment when I saw them in the EMS wagon on Seymore. It was pretty neat," said Sulzer.
He said the missing girls case was one that kept him up at night. Countless hours searching abandoned buildings, canvassing neighborhoods, looking for Gina and Amanda for a decade.
Thankfully the then girls, now women, are safe.
Michelle Knight was also found safe.
But Sulzer said there are lessons learned from their case that others should pay close attention to.
"As old as they were, they still should have known not to get into a car with a stranger and that's a tip for parents to talk to their kids about," Sulzer said.
Police said it's also important to tell your kids if they're ever in danger to scream for help and if they can, call 911. Also, try to remember license plates. Have a code word you share with your kids so they know it's OK to go with someone they're familiar with.
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