January 27, 2016 Lynchburg, Va. John Austin S Basten posted a shout out to the Lynchburg City Police Department on his Facebook page and Police Officer Brandon Seigla in particular. He hoped that his Police Chief. Louis Basten would see the post.Not only did the Police Department of Lynchbburg see it and repost it on their Facebook Page, but some local media also picked up on the story as well.
WSET interviewed the 73 year old Louis Basten who was shoveling stated: “Officer Seigla pulled up right there. That’s where his car was parked.” and referencing the shovel that he had been clearing snow with “He took it away from me he says give me that,”
The officer then finished clearing the snow for the 73 year old gentleman who was surprised and thankful.
“We are all busy, but lets just stop and help each other in our communities” Said John Basten after he learned of the act of kindness.
When the Officer was contacted by WSET he stated that he didn’t think it was a big deal but that:
“I feel like that’s the humanly thing to do is to stop and help anybody whether their older or younger and if it was one of my parents I would hope that somebody would stop to help them in the same situation” is what Officer Seigla said.
But of course that is not what everyone does and why he is the exception and not the norm.
The original post that gathered the attention was as follows:
Thank you Officer Seigler for stopping to help my 73 yr old father shovel snow in front of Mid-State! The men and women of the Lynchburg City Police Department deserve our appreciation and respect! Share this so this post can find its way to Lynchburg Police Chief. Louis Basten
Photos credit: John Austin S Basten