In a simple act of kindness, an off-duty officer volunteered to take a woman shopping…for groceries.
Dorothy Shepard and Officer John Holder went way back. Around half a year earlier, the widow underwent multiple knee and back surgeries. Needless to say, she was recovering at home for quite awhile. Concerned neighbors who hadn’t seen or heard from the woman, called to request a “wellness check” on her behalf. Policeman Holder was the man that answered the call.
“She just struck me as someone who really needed someone to care and help her out,” Holder says, remembering the first time they met.
After reassuring the man she was completely fine, Dorothy (who lives alone) started up a friendly conversation with the police officer. The two talked about their families, pets, past jobs, the “small talk” we’re all used to. The woman was pleasantly pleased by the man’s kind and gentle spirit.
“I was so surprised…he listened and he was patient,” Dorothy said.
“I know police officers, but I never expected him to be that kind, and to go out of [his] way,” Dorothy says. “…he’s just tremendous.”
As for Officer John, the knowledge he’s helping others is recognition enough.
Watch the uplifting footage in the video!
Source: USA Today