Family credits Allan, Southport police for 'best Christmas ever'

Lt. Aaron Allan (second from left) and other Southport police officers gave a girl a special Christmas. (Family photo)

SOUTHPORT, Ind. (WTHR) - The flag outside the Southport police station is at half-staff today in honor of Lt. Aaron Allan’s sacrifice.

It’s been a full day of people coming and going to pay their respects at the department, including one family who will never forget the kindness of Allan or the entire department.

“I just wish I could do something for them, like they did for us,” said Angie Conder, tears springing to hear eyes as she looked at Allan’s police car, decorated with flowers, notes and teddy bears.

For now, all Conder and Chuck Williams can do is offer a hug to hurting Southport officers and bring a teddy bear here to remember Allan, an officer many affectionately called “Teddy Bear.”

“I’m glad I got to meet the man,” said Williams.

Conder and Williams said they will never forget the first time they met Allan, along with the rest of the department’s officers.

It was just before Christmas 2014. Williams was undergoing treatment for cancer.

“I had a Christmas tree up, but we had nothing up under it,” he explained, saying the family had fallen on hard times.

That all changed one night, when Southport police officers, including Lt. Allan, showed up at the couple’s house.

“Before I knew it, my house was full. It was full of all the police officers and everything and like I said, they gave me and my family the best Christmas we ever had,” said Williams.

“My daughter remembers it, she talks about it all the time. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have had a Christmas that year,” Conder added.

The department also stepped in and fixed the family’s car.

“They went out and bought me a car battery so I could get back and forth to my radiation treatments and all of that,” Williams said.

Today, the couple stood at Allan’s police car, remembering the priceless gift of a Christmas he helped save, wishing there was something they could do to change what’s happened but knowing they can’t.

“It’s kinda hard to do anything but to be there and keep ‘em in your thoughts and prayers,” said Conder, tears running down her face.