We often forget nowadays that police officers do not just exist to hand out tickets, or make our lives harder. They are, in most cases, unsung heroes who go out of their way to help people stuck in a wide variety of situations.
Sometimes that means they will make headlines. But not everything is a car chase or ends in a huge drug bust. Instead, often all it takes to make a real difference is to make an impact in someone’s life.
When one senior was having difficulty withdrawing some cash from his account, no one would lift a finger to help him. He became distressed, and the police were called to restore order. But instead of just protecting the bank, the officer decided to go out of his way to help, and his simple act of kindness has the internet cheering.
A 92-year-old man tried to withdraw money from his account, but was rejected due to his expired ID.
Last week, a 92-year-old man walked into a Bank of America in Montebello, California. He was trying to withdraw some money from his account, but there was one problem — his identification card was expired.
As per bank policy, along with your account information you needed a valid ID to remove money from any account. This policy is to increase security for account holders, but, in this case, it proved to be a bit of a hindrance.
The man became agitated — then bank staff called the police to restore order.
The man had an official state identification card, but it was expired. Surely, that was enough? But, unfortunately, it was not. The bank teller would not make an exception for the poor man.
Eventually, the man became so distressed that the police were called.
In such situations, police would normally try to restore order. Perhaps try to pacify the older man, explain the situation and help him to go on his way.
Officer Josett of the Montebello police department had other plans, though.
The responding officer was moved by the 92-year-old’s predicament and decided to help.
He immediately realized the old man’s distress and decided he was going to help him. He took the old man to a local DMV to get his ID renewed and waited for him the entire time.
After that, the two then returned to the bank where the senior was able to withdraw the money he needed.
After, the humble officer wished the senior well and went on his way.
The story went viral, and the internet was blown away by the officer’s simple act of kindness.
Stories like these help remind us that police can have an amazing impact on our communities. We are glad officers like Officer Josett are on the streets of our cities — not just protecting our society, but serving us, as well.