If you follow the news, it’s easy to forget that police officers across the country carry out hundreds of random acts of kindness each day. Here are 5 inspiring police officers that went above and beyond the call of duty.
When you take a look at the news for even a second or two, it’s not hard to come across some sad stories. All too often, we hear stories of police brutality and the terrible things that happen when the wrong people come to power.
Police officers are heroes. We see them going above and beyond the call of duty every day, saving lives and taking measures to make sure we are protected.
Do you need an extra dose of sunshine in your day today? Read on to learn about 5 police heroes who went above and beyond the call of duty. Some officers went about this in small ways, some went about it in big ways.
Either way, they’re big heroes.
1. Easter for Everyone
In March of 2016, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Bomb Squad went above and beyond the duty for children with special needs. Tired of hearing stories about police brutality and people who need police brutality attorneys, they went beyond the call of duty.
Members of Florida’s Fire Marshal’s office, FBI, ATF, Tampa police, and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s bomb squad worked together to create beeping eggs.
That might not sound amazing, but when you consider that they were designed to help the blind or visually impaired children in their community participate in an egg hunt, the reality sinks in.
The idea comes from an ATF member who wanted to help his blind daughter enjoy Easter. The eggs were built by placing a simple circuit inside of large, plastic Easter eggs.
The eggs were used at the first ever local egg hunt for blind children.
2. Homeward Bound
After an accident in Alabama that left one young girl in critical condition and one girl dead, a local community was traumatized. It was a collision that happened over spring break, ending the life of a young, vibrant, beautiful young girl named McKenzie.
To make matters worse, Kai, a gorgeous pit bull dog that McKenzie honored and cherished with her whole heart, went missing during the accident. A Facebook page was created to find this beautiful puppy, and it was successful.
Kai was found 770 miles away from home.
Jonathan Whaley, the officer who first responded to the call about McKenzie’s accident, was the one who responded. He thought it was his personal duty to reunite this family and their dog.
He drove Kai the 12 hours from the accident happened to home himself.
3. Kind Soul
When a New Jersey officer Kenya Joyner responded to a bus driver flagging him down, he had no idea what to expect.
The driver told Officer Joyner that there was a disruptive person on the bus. But instead of an unruly passenger, Officer Joyner found a man not wearing shoes.
The man told him, almost embarrassed, that he simply didn’t have any shoes. This prompted Officer Kenya Joyner to act.
He asked him if he would prefer shoes or boots, and when the man said boots he jumped into action.
Officer Joyner walked across the street to the Payless store and bought the man a pair of $50 black work boots.
This act of kindness was caught on camera by a local woman who wanted to make such a selfless act of kindness go viral.
When asked, Officer Joyner said that he wasn’t looking for attention or karma, just because he believes in treating people the way you want to be treated.
4. Burning Selflessness
In December 2015, a fire broke out in Omaha. It quickly got so big that the first crews on the scene needed to call for backup.
Five people were inside the house, unable to get out due to the incredible amounts of smoke in the building. One of those residents included a man with cerebral palsy.
Two police officers, Robbie Goering-Jensen and Anthony Abbound, were heading to a separate call at a grocery store when they saw the fire and came to help. Robbie was a 9-year-veteran and Anthony was on his first shift after graduating from the police academy.
When they found out that there was someone else inside the blazing buildings, the two officers ran inside without any protective gear to rescue the man in the wheelchair.
Both officers were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene but were expected to be just fine.
5. Miracle of Life
On November 10th, 2017 a traffic officer delivering a fine to a taxi driver on a freeway, attended to a driver who asked to be escorted to a hospital.
Apparently, the woman had been in labor since 3 that morning.
Officer Amanda Fojo, a Cape Town traffic official, assessed the situation and asked her male officers and other men in the area to stand aside so the woman would be more comfortable.
Officer Fojo then found a clean shirt at got to work.
She had never delivered a baby before but knew she needed to do something. Soon, a healthy baby was born on the backseat of a car.
Officer Fojo delivered a child at 8 AM, and about 30 minutes later paramedics arrived. The traffic officer herself held the baby in her arms on the way to the hospital.
But remember, officers who commit crimes are few and far between! Many of our men and women in blue are wonderful people who are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to improve the quality of our lives. They’re children who grew up dreaming of being police officers.
These are the true police heroes.
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