A woman in Texas called the police when her family saw a man in a fit of rage sitting at a Starbucks table by himself. The officer who arrived moments later had such an impactful response that the woman was “moved to tears.”
She and her family felt sorry for him and dialed 911, then waited in the parking lot to “make sure this man was treated humanely.” Officer Reese “calmly asked the upset man what was going on,” Mokszycki continued, adding, “I was moved to tears at how the officer respected this man and made it clear that he was there to help him.”
Reese, who has been an officer in his home town of Garland since 2014, earned the stranger’s trust; the troubled man left calmly, with no further intervention needed.
The officer added that his aunt suffered from a mental illness, which lent empathy to his compassionate interaction on Sept. 10.
The morning after posting her anecdote on Facebook, Mokszycki awoke to a frenzy of responses. To date, the post has been shared over 28,000 times.
Speaking to The Epoch Times via social media, Mokszycki expressed surprise. “It’s amazed me how far and fast this story spread,” she said. “My husband and I just wanted to get the story out and people to realize there’s a lot of good in the world.”
“We also wanted to make sure the chief of police knew what a good job the officer did,” she added.
Reese, who doesn’t have a social media account, was overwhelmed too by the response to the post as he received text messages and pictures from people.
Garland police are locally renowned for their kindness. In July, Officer James Brezik was likewise moved to help after a collision with a young mother: She crashed into his patrol car after pulling out of a gas station. Both cars were totaled.
Brezik, learning that the mom and her partner had lost their jobs, had two babies, and were a month behind in rent payments, chose not to write her a ticket. Additionally, he also started a collection among his colleagues, raising enough money for one month’s rent and a $450 gift card for groceries for the young family.
“I know y‘all have families, y’all didn’t have to,” the mother expressed, through tears. “I’m really grateful.”