Cop Feels Compelled to Shop for Elderly Lady When Out-Of-Town Family Can’t Reach Her

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
April 4, 2019 Updated: April 9, 2019

Officer Alvarez from the Benici Police Department went the extra mile “to protect and to serve,” and his kind gesture has been winning praise from people in the community.

Back on Oct. 29, 2018, Officer Alvarez responded to a call from an out-of-town family who was concerned about the welfare of an elderly family member.

The call concerned an elderly woman, who was home alone, but her family couldn’t get a hold of her.

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Did something bad happen to the elderly woman?

Officer Alvarez showed up at the family’s house in California for a welfare check, and luckily, the elderly woman was doing fine.

Before leaving, Officer Alvarez urged the woman to make contact with her family.

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A week later, Officer Alvarez returned to the elderly woman’s house to check on her again.

Though the woman—bound to a wheelchair—received Meals On Wheels deliveries numerous times per week, he still made sure she had everything she needed.

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When Officer Alvarez learned the elderly woman was in need of a few additional groceries, he went out of his way to get them for her.

Beyond his call of duty, the caring officer visited a local store for the groceries, which included milk, eggs, oatmeal, cereal, Ritz crackers, and cream of chicken soup.

After getting the items, he dashed back to the elderly woman’s house.

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Posted by Benicia Police Department on Thursday, November 1, 2018

Alvarez told KTVU the elderly woman was “extremely thankful and surprised that I was willing to help her.”

As to why Alvarez lent the woman a hand, he said he felt compelled to help that day. Furthermore, the Police Officer’s Association “loves to give back” and has allocated funds for such scenarios.

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Needless to say, the Benicia Police Department couldn’t be more pleased with Alvarez for taking the time to care for the elderly resident.

To commend Alvarez’s kind deed, the Department took to Facebook to post a photo of him carrying bags of groceries that he’d bought for the elderly woman.

“We owe a lot to this community, and we are proud of our officers who will always do the extra step to help anyone in need,” the Department wrote.

Members in the Benicia community also chimed in to applaud Alvarez’s act of kindness as well.

“We live in the best community. And have the BEST PD. Thank you for everything,” one wrote.

Another commented, “This makes me proud to be a Benicia resident.”

“Only in Benicia. We have the BEST PD of any town. Thank You Officers and Chief,” another remarked.

In response to the compliments, the Department replied, “It is our honor to serve this community and all who visit.”

“We do care very much for our community!” the Department added.

Hats off to Officer Alvarez for going all out to serve your community!

Thanks for showing us how a simple act of kindness can make such positive ripples.

Posted by Benicia Police Department on Thursday, November 1, 2018