Police responded to a call from an Arizona woman who found her husband had just passed away. Although they could not help her escape her sorrow, the officers went beyond the call of duty when they noticed that something wasn’t quite right about her front-door lock.
One Sunday morning, Geraldeine Tabor found her husband dead in their home, and she called the Glendale Police Department to report what had happened. The police soon arrived and, while trying to console the grieving woman, Sgt. Jeff Turney noticed that the lock on her front door wasn’t right.
“It was a lock that’s normally used in the inside of the house for a bathroom and it wouldn’t latch, there was no latch to it and she was using a dead bolt to try and keep it locked at night,” Sgt. Turney told Fox 10 News.
Moreover, the broken lock couldn’t be locked from the outside, so she had to leave it unlocked when she left the house.
Knowing that Tabor had no one to turn to after losing her husband, Sgt. Turney immediately stepped in to help, so as to keep her safe.
“I had a Home Depot card in my pocket, so I sent an officer to Home Depot on 43rd there and Camelback and told him to pick up a front door lock and he brought it back,” the sergeant said.
Once Sgt. Turney got a proper front-door lock, he pulled out his tool bag to install it himself.
“I’ve been doing this for 36 years now and I’ve seen a lot of people in trouble and we try to help them one at a time,” he said.
Even though the officers couldn’t alleviate Tabor’s sorrow, Sgt. Turney said he felt better knowing she would be sleeping safely that night.
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After the coroner retrieved her husband’s body, Tabor walked over and saw Sgt. Turney working on her front door’s lock.
She expressed her gratitude for their help. “They have enough big jobs taking care of out there, they don’t need to [help me], but they did, and I really do appreciate it,” she said.
The elderly woman’s front door is now secured thanks to the amazing service of these men in blue, who went the extra mile to help out a member of the community they serve.
Watch the video of these officers going beyond the call of duty: