Angela Brown was waiting on the side of a Virginia highway for a tow truck after her mother’s car broke down, when police approached.
“Henrico Police showed up and they asked us if we were OK. We said ‘yes, we are OK, we just need some cold water,'” Brown told WRIC last week.
The responding officer, Hailee Lucero, called in two more officers, Sergeant Perry Lawton and Officer Tony Rose, to stay with Brown while she went to get some bottled water.
The officers kept Brown and her nephew company on the highway.
“We stayed out there for like five hours waiting on a tow truck,” Brown told WRIC.
After the incident, Brown’s family member Vondai Brown took to Facebook to highlight what Lucero did in the hope of changing people’s perspective on police.
“I’m tired of seeing the ‘bad cops,'” Vondai wrote on Facebook, before describing how Lucero helped her family on July 22.
“Let’s make this picture go viral with a GOOD COP FROM HENRICO VIRGINIA,” Vondai wrote on Facebook.
People on social media responded positively to her post, which has already accumulated nearly 3,000 shares.
“Good officers are still out there!! We just need to weed out the bad ones !!” wrote Jaye Jones.
“Need many more like her…..” wrote Ebony Brown.
One person on Facebook said he personally knows Lucero.
“She’s really cool and nice actually…I know here from comin in WaWa..I’m actually cool with a bunch of Henrico and A couple state troopers from my job! They aren’t all bad at all!” Rah Johnson wrote.
Just 24 hours after Vondai’s post, Henrico County Police shared the same picture on the department’s Facebook page with the caption: #MoreLove.
Henrico County Police told WRIC that Officer Lucero had just returned to full duty after serving an 18-month deployment as a reservist in the U. S. Navy.
“She has dedicated her life to serving the public and we are so pleased that her efforts were recognized today,” Lieutenant S. R. Mulé told WRIC.
Brown said because of Lucero’s act of kindness, she is paying it forward by donating a case of bottled water to the department.
“I just want to give back,” she said. “In case somebody else needs some cold water.”