Another officer goes above and beyond call of duty
January 22, 2014
Unbeknownst to him, Odessa Police Department Cpl. Jeremy Walsh was photographed from inside a nearby restaurant getting friendly with a homeless man.
Walsh was familiar with the man, referred to as A.J., and knew he was badly in need of shoes.
As the corporal had boots at home he didn’t need, he thought up a better use for them.
“I had some extra boots at my house and they’re actually a size too small and I found A.J. and saw if he wanted them,” Walsh said, according to the Odessa American. “I figured he could use them a lot more than I can.”
“It seemed like the right thing to do,” Cpl. Walsh told KWES. “I had something that somebody else needed that I didn’t need.”
Two weeks later, the photo of him handing the boots and a water bottle to A.J. appeared on the City of Odessa’s Facebook page, and Cpl. Walsh subsequently became somewhat of a celebrity.
Walsh’s story is just the latest reminder that police can, and often do, go above and beyond what is required in their normal lines of duty.
Monday, we featured a video of Rosenberg Sgt. Ariel Soltura stopping his cruiser to interact with a child. In the video, an observably lonely boy is noticed tossing up a football, seemingly waiting for a companion. Sgt. Soltura steps out of his vehicle, then proceeds to toss the football back and forth with the boy.
Cpl. Walsh’s tale also brings to mind a story we covered back in November 2012 in which an NYPD officer was also caught committing an altruistic act of kindness.
On that cold night, the officer was also unknowingly caught handing a homeless man a pair of $75 Skechers he had just purchased.
Readers will undoubtedly question the authenticity of such events, but while two stories in a row focusing on good cops must undoubtedly set some kind of record, it’s a welcomed departure from the day-to-day police horror stories Americans are all too tired of enduring.