On August 12th 2015 5 year old Jakeem Brown witnessed his mother Whitney Brown’s murder on the streets on North St. Louis, Mo. The child witnessed a double homicide that evening and has been staying with relatives since. But it is not only relatives that are concerned about the trauma that has been inflicted on the child.
Ruth Corbin who is 82 years old and lives in Louisiana was making literally perhaps the most important trip of her life during which what could go wrong did. She was on the way to see her 92 year old sister who was dying when she was involved in an accident. Leaving the car totaled she had rented in the regional airport she had flown into. Alone, stranded and several hours away from her destination she was naturally too upset to continue on with her somber errand.
The Dallas Morning News reported that a family of 4 were driving through the Oak Cliff area when their car was struck by gunfire from three individuals. One of the occupants of the vehicle a 4 year old child was struck in the leg with two bullets. The child’s mother attempted to halt the bleeding with a tee shirt but was unsuccessful. having knowledge of a large Police presence at a downtown event at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center the parents rushed in that area looking for officials for help.
While on the way for breakfast Sgt. Erica Hay being the trained observer that she is noticed a homeless man sitting on a curb and took action. Unknown to her a TiAnna Greene witnessed what the Ocala, Fl. Officer was about to do and took photos of the incident. TiAnna posted the photos to her facebook account and people took notice.
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. Dispatch receives a call from a motorist on Interstate 5 in Mount Vernon who is having some difficulty. The caller was taking her pregnant daughter who was having labor pains to Skagit Valley Hospital. However when less than one mile from the hospital they could no longer continue.
Orlando, Fl. Police are under scrutiny for current events as are many Departments across our nation. However the simple acts of kindness very often go unnoticed. It takes a citizen like Clyde King of Orlando to write a letter to the Orlando Sentinel to get any attention at all.
July 27, 2015 Ansonia, Ct. Police Officer Michael Castillo responded to a fight in progress call outside the local target Store. Upon his arrival he found a group of kids, not fighting but rather having other problems. After a brief discussion that was witnessed by Faith Bisson Taylor Officer Castillo set about the task of taking corrective measures.
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. an unknown officer was seen talking to a homeless man on August 2, 2015. After exiting his patrol car to talk with the man who is a regular on the street according to Evelyn Ortega who witnessed the incident something noteworthy occurred. She took a moment to capture it with a digital device and uploaded it to her facebook account. Unfortunately, like other good things that Officers do it didn’t go viral.
Two Deputies Save a man from being crushed by a train.
On August 3, 2015 Two Sheriff’s Deputies from San Mateo County, Ca. Dep. Lance Whitted and Dep. Erik Rueppel saved the life of a motorist who may have been under the influence and unable to help himself.
The incident happened in Sunnyvale at the intersection of North Mary Avenue and West Evelyn Avenue around 6;30 P.M. and was caught on film by a person who later posted the video to Youtube.
Jacksonville Sheriffs Officer helps a child with his bicycle
Everyday Police officers and Deputy Sheriff’s across our nation make connections with the communities that they serve quietly, without any attention. They do it because they want to not because it is in their job description. They do it because helping people is what they want to do not but because someone is looking or or for notoriety.
Credit unknown: Jacksonville Sheriffs Officer
They are people trying to serve and protect their communities under difficult circumstances and it seems that the only time they get any attention is when something goes wrong. Then it is “news worthy” and all officers are judged by that event.
The events that should be noted are like this one where a Jacksonville Sheriffs Deputy helps a child fix his bicycle. Why won’t these acts of kindness where Officers reach out to the community ever go viral yet incidents that never really happened can spark entire movements of outrage and division?
If a movement is to take place, let it be one of cooperation, understanding and trust built upon small acts of kindness that happen everywhere yet have gone without notice. Spread the word!