Despite putting their lives on the line every day, being a police officer is oftentimes a thankless job. But the truth is, police officers go above and beyond the call of duty for the communities they serve every day.
These men aren’t just saving lives, protecting families, and stopping drunk drivers – they’re performing small acts of kindness that often go unnoticed.
In light of the recent negative attention surrounding cops, let’s remind citizens everywhere why these selfless men and women are the true unsung heroes of America.
These Selfless Cops Are Changing America, And It’s Easy To See Why
1. Dozens of police officers escort fallen comrade’s children on their first day of school.
When a Texas police officer passed away earlier this month, his widow, Jessica Scherlen, dreaded taking their children to their first day of school without him.
But as the start of the school year got closer, a few officers crafted a plan to surprise their fallen comrade’s four children (ranging from 21 months to 4th grade) on their first day of classes — and word spread like wildfire. “Gotta be there,” one of the Officers said. “He was family.”
When the big day arrived, the children were shocked to learn that their fallen Papa’s friends were there for them. Their children’s mother Jessica said, “My second grader [Taylor] asked me, ‘Mom, are they here for us?’ I said, ‘Yes they’re going to walk you into school.’ ‘They’ll walk me into school? They’ll walk me into class?’ Taylor asked.”
“It’s not quite the same when your parent can’t take you and do things like that,” Jessica said, “but to know the ‘Blue’ family is there behind them, that really helps.”
2. Police headquarters becomes baby’s safe haven after he was found in the back seat of his intoxicated mother’s vehicle.
A baby discovered covered in vomit in the backseat of an alleged DUI driver’s vehicle was rescued by compassionate police officers at the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment.
Senior Trooper D.C. Graham gave the little tyke a bath in their break room’s kitchenette, wrapped him in a towel, and then cradled him until Child Protective Service officials arrived to place him with a legal guardian.
“We made an arrest for DUI,” said Trooper B.R. Wood. “The 1-year-old baby boy was in the backseat covered in vomit. The vehicle was disabled, so we brought the baby boy back to the detachment. He was the best little baby. He had just started to nod off when CPS (Child Protective Services) arrived.”
3. Portland police pull over in their cruiser to help a woman who fell out of her wheelchair.
While patrolling their usual route, two officers pulled over after noticing an elderly woman who was left helpless after falling out of her wheelchair.
4. Police officer tenderly cares for hungry infant while mother is transported to the hospital after a seizure.
A passerby snapped a photo of off-duty Officer Andy Black, holding and feeding an infant girl, after the baby’s mother had a seizure. The photo has since gone viral, but Officer Black says he was just doing his job.
“All the attention it’s gotten is actually somewhat embarrassing,” Black told TODAY.com. “I did nothing spectacular. I did what any other police officers I work with would do that day,” Black added, who’s worked for the Overland Park Police Department for 26 years.
5. Cop stops to help a young boy tie his shoes.
A boy asked this officer if he was a cop, because his mother told him a cop would always help him when he needed it. When the cop replied, “Yes, I am a cop,” the young boy asked him to help tie his shoe. And what a beautiful picture of servanthood it is.
6. Police officer attends young man’s graduation after his parents were killed in horrific car wreck.
Just days before his high school graduation, this young man lost his parents in a horrific car accident after being struck by a drunk driver.
After informing the young man of his parent’s tragic death, this police officer felt compelled to attended the grieving young man’s high school graduation to show his support — and he’s been by his side every step of the way.
7. NYC officer stops to purchase a new pair of boots for a homeless man.
The picture, taken by a tourist in Times Square, shows officer Lawrence Deprimo, 25, crouched beside a barefoot homeless man and a pair of boots.
“You could see the blisters on the man’s feet,” said Deprimo, according to MSN.
The picture is posted on NYPD’s Facebook page, explaining that the photographer overheard the officer telling the man they were size 12, all-season boots, and then he proceeded to help the man put them on.
8. Officer caught woman stealing food, but instead of arresting her, he delivered two truckloads of food.
When this woman was caught red-handed by Tarrant Police Officer William Stacy, instead of arresting her for theft, Officer Stacy bought her a carton of eggs and sent her home with a promise from the woman to never shoplift again.
Officer Stacy learned that Helen Johnson and her family had gone two days without food, and so the next day he made sure that she got what she truly deserved: two truckloads of groceries to fill her kitchen to the brim.
“The last time I saw my house this full, I was 12-years-old and staying with my grandmother,” said Johnson. “I’ve been crying all day.”
Thank God for America’s selfless, devoted, and hard-working police officers! Our country would truly be lost without them! Police officers need our support, help us ‘Back the Blue.’ Please share if you’re grateful for America’s police officers!
A Police Officer’s Prayer
“Oh Lord, while I’m on my beat
may I know that You’re with me,
And protect me as I go to guard
other’s lives and property.
Help me ignore those who scorn
and show me no respect,
But be mindful of all citizens
I’ve sworn to protect.
Be with my fellow officers
and guard their safety too,
May I always put duty first
in the work that I must do.
May I not disgrace the uniform
but bring pride to the badge I wear,
That I’d be a good policeman, Lord
would be my only prayer.