With the media only focusing on “negative” news stories about law enforcement, the public has forgotten that despite the uniform, police officers are people like us. They have emotions, a family, and are doing their best to provide safety to their communities. Despite our nation’s criticism, these dedicated officers continue to serve and protect.
This weeks stories focus on the humility and resilience law enforcement provides that have impacted the lives of many. Please check out the inspirational stories below or click the play button below to listen to them on our podcast.
Dear Officer, Thank You
Our first story takes place in Atlantic City where Special Law Enforcement Officers Eric Aparacio and Kenneth Davis bought a day’s worth of food for a young homeless man.
A student at Atlantic City High School witnessed two police officers enter into 7-Eleven with a young homeless man and assumed that he had been caught for shoplifting. As they walked past her, she over heard one of the officers tell the young man that “he could get whatever he wanted and to put it on the counter.”
As the homeless man exit the store, she saw him crying out of gratitude for the Officers’ compassionate deed. An employee at a nearby casino also saw this kind act and captured a picture of the officers’ patrol car and posted it on social media. Within hours, the post received so much attention that it raised the awareness of the Atlantic City Police Department.
Make A Wish
Our second story takes place in Oklahoma City where OCPD Officers Amy Hanson and Travis Vernier made a woman’s birthday wish come true.
To celebrate her 75th birthday, Carol Richardson decided to get her favorite piece of dessert, cheesecake. Unable to find a ride, Carol decided to make the trip herself using her motorized wheelchair, “I couldn’t walk very far because of the deterioration of my knees. I wanted to have a cake for my birthday.”
Almost a mile in, Carol’s wheelchair broke down leaving her stranded. When Officer Hanson and Vernier responded to her call, Carol said,
Officer, I’m having a really bad day. I could use a hug.
The officers gave her a hug and saved the day by purchasing Carol’s favorite cheesecake.
A Lifted Weight
Our third story takes place in Philadelphia where Officer Sammy Brinson offered to drive two children’s laundry to the laundromat after seeing them struggle to carry it.
Bernice Daniels and her daughter also noticed the two children struggling and were happy to see Officer Brinson stopped to help them. Her nine-year old daughter, Breyannah, recorded the video and said,
The officer was really helpful to them he cared about those children that were walking down the street with all those clothes.
Bernice Daniels could not let this act of kindness go unnoticed and said,
Thank you for doing your job and going above and beyond. Not just your job, you went above and beyond and you put your heart out there on the street of Philadelphia. I appreciate that and I’m thankful. Keep up the good work!
Today, I Do
Our fourth story takes place in Suffolk, Virginia where Officer PC Ian Jepps drove bride Dianne Hunnibell to her wedding after her car broke down.
Mrs. Hunnibell had hired a vintage Rolls Royce car to drive her and her father, Peter, to her wedding, only to have it break down 15 miles away from the church. Mrs Hunnibell expressed her gratitude saying,
Without him [Officer Jepps] I wouldn’t have got married on that day and with guests having traveled all the way from America it would have proved nearly impossible to reorganize.
Officer Jepps saved the day, the bridal party, and the bride by driving them to the venue just in time for the ceremony. Thank you Officer Jepps!
I See You
Our last story takes place in Ocala, Florida where Officer Sergeant Erica Hay took time out of her schedule to have breakfast with a homeless man.
With all the negativity facing law enforcement, TiAnna S. Greene, a member of the Ocala community, was happy to see Officer Hay’s unwavering commitment and genuine concern to protecting others.
Early Thursday morning, Officer Hay bought and joined a homeless man for breakfast and said,
He turned out to be a very nice man who just has a sad story. He is a person. He appreciated the conversation and the breakfast.
Mrs. Greene said,
Although I was the only person blessed to witness less than two minutes of her kindness that definitely came from the heart, it truly made my morning. This absolutely wonderful act of kindness seemed to come naturally to the officer…..it truly touched me and brightened my day.
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