Zachery Long didn’t didn’t mean to cause concern when he ran into the woods earlier this week – he just really did not want to get stitches.

The 10-year-old had just wrecked his bike and returned to his home in Chesterfield, Virginia on Tuesday night when his parents said that he may have to go to the hospital to get his injury treated.

Zachery, who “once had a bad experience with stitches”, fled into the woods in fear.

The community then launched a search effort to track down the frightened youngster. Zachery’s parents, the neighbors, and local police officers spent four hours trying to find him and console his anxiety.

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Finally, at about 10PM, police officials found the boy hiding in some bushes and reunited him with his parents.

Then as a thank you for their kindness, Zachery brought barbecue dinner and side dishes to the police department on Saturday evening.

“Zachary brought dinner for the officers to show his appreciation,” said Sgt. K. Rollins of the Chesterfield Police Department, according to WTVR.

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