SAN DIEGO, CA – With all of the news out there that speak to how evil police are, specifically to minorities, it would be surprising to learn for some, that officers are actually human and have big hearts.
Recently, a man needed to go to the hospital on October 9th but had no one to watch his two young children. That’s when officers stepped in, and babysat the children, so the man could go to the hospital.
San Diego Police officers babysit as father hospitalized https://t.co/KVJGY0CYOi
— 10News (@10News) October 10, 2020
Officers with the San Diego Police Department responded to a call for a man who was in need of medical treatment in the Alpha apartments.
When officers arrived on scene, they learned that the man had a significant dilemma, he could not receive the medical care that he needed, because he could not find anyone to watch his young children.
The police department tweeted:
“No emergency is too small for our officers. They received a radio call of a young father living in the Alpha apartments in Southern Division with his 2 and 4-year-old kids needed to go to the hospital.
“Unfortunately, he had no family or friends to help watch the girls. Officers Vital and Officer Clark arrived and saw that the dad just needed a helping hand during this emergency.
The officers hung out with the kids for a couple of hours and gave the girls a ride to the hospital in one of our police cruisers. Dad was emotional and grateful for the support. If someone needs help, we’ll be there to respond!”
Police do acts like this every single day in America, but they often do not get recognized, if for nothing else other than they do not want to be. Often times, police just want to help people and do not want the attention that is centered on them when their good deed gets noticed.
San Diego | San Diego Police officers babysit after father hospitalized https://t.co/p1FF2XABDI
— Bernadette F. Hill (@BernadetteHill0) October 10, 2020
That makes finding out especially difficult, because most times these good deeds are done without the officer’s superiors finding out, unless a grateful citizen happens to call in. When supervisors learn of the good deeds, they often tend to spread it like wildfire, for two reasons.
One, to be honest, it is great public relations material, both before and after the newfound hatred of law enforcement. For years the police have been telling their communities that they are there to help them, but there is little to show for that beyond uniformed crime reporting statistics.
Whenever a cop goes above and beyond to help someone, it is great to be able to use that to show the community that the officers do more than just arrest people and take reports. It should genuinely show the community that the officers care.
Two, spreading the information goes a long way inside the police department. It shows that the department not only recognizes the work of the officer(s), but it also shows an example to the other officers that doing good work is appreciated.
Case in point, let us take a look at a case out of Florida from 2015, in which a group of officers did a fantastic thing, for the right reasons. This incident was chosen because it was well before the death of George Floyd while in police custody, and the current downturn of public relations in law enforcement in general.
In February of 2015, a saddened Osceola County Florida mother posted on her Facebook account that not one of the children in her son’s autistic kindergarten class planned on attending his birthday party.
The boy’s mother, Ashlee Buratti, posted to Osceola Rants, Raves, and Reviews List on Facebook:
“I know this might be something silly to rant about, but my heart is breaking for my son. He keeps asking ‘when will my friends get here?”
She also posted to her own Facebook page:
“He was so devastated when he realized no one was coming to his birthday party that he refused to smile. He tried to hide the fact that he was crying by pinching the bridge of his nose.”
It did not take long for the post to go viral, and many people stepped up to help make the six-year-old boy’s party special. First, a local pet shop owner showed up with her family and brought the boy a present, shortly followed by six different families that came by to help the young boy celebrate his birthday.
Soon after the post went out, someone from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office viewed the post. In order to make the little boy’s birthday memorable, they sent out the Sheriff’s helicopter that flew around their house and circling down to make sure everyone knew they were there for the little boy. This was not just a one-time event, they hovered around his house for twenty minutes.
As the week progressed, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office also sent out different police cars, fire trucks, a SWAT van, and a canine unit to make the boy feel special.
“At first he was scared and got a little upset but when I explained it was all for him, he just loved it.”
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