No matter our differences, at the end of the day, we are people who, at times, need help. And yet, we often make excuses and use time, or money as a way to shirk our responsibilities to our fellow man.
Even police, who have an obligation to help, sometimes only do the bare minimum.
But luckily for one 91-year-old man, he found two people who were committed to doing much more.
After they found him stranded on the side of the road, the two worked tirelessly to get him to his destination; a reunion of his old World War II paratrooper regiment in Holland. Yet even though their determination to get the old man safely to where he wanted to go may seem like a small act, it ended up being life-altering in scale.
Ninety-one-year-old Bill Mountfield was found on the side of the road next to his ruined vehicle.
In 2013, Police Constable’s Doug Lofthouse and Dale Anderson, of the West Yorkshire Police Department, were responding to an accident on a freeway in Northwestern England.
There they found that a 91-year-old man, Bill Mountfield, had collided with a truck and ruined the front left side of his vehicle. Mountfield was unharmed and found not to be at fault. But his vehicle was unsafe to drive — still, he was adamant that he be able to continue on his journey.
The damage was too severe — but Mountfield had a special appointment and could not be delayed.
However, if he was allowed to drive his car again, he could pose a serious danger to the other cars around him.
But the officers were sympathetic; they offered to drive Mountfield home. But Mountfield would not accept their offer. Instead, he pleaded with the officers to let him go on.
Mountfield explained that he was a veteran of one of Britain’s most elite paratrooper regiments during World War II. And this year, he was slated to reunite with his former comrades in Holland and stay with them for five weeks during the Christmas holidays.
Mountfield was alone in the world — his family members were all dead; he outlived his wife and son, and there was no one left look after him.
The old man had even packed his entire car full of supplies for the trip.
Lofthouse and Anderson were touched by Mountfield’s story. But there was a problem: his insurance would not cover a courtesy car, nor would any rental agency rent him a car for five weeks; the two officers, were convinced of the necessity of Mountfield’s trip, but they were still afraid that Mountfield would not be able to make it to Holland. So again, they offered to take him home.
But Mountfield resisted. He was going to meet his regiment, with their help, or not.
Moved by his determination, the two officers loaded another squad car with the supplies Mountfield packed for his journey. They then took him directly to a car-rental agency; they would plead his case in person.
The two officers would not abandon Mountfield — they would get him to Holland.
It took some discussion, but Lofthouse and Anderson were able to secure Mountfield a vehicle for his trip to Holland.
And the old man was incredibly grateful.
Likewise, Lofthouse and Anderson were also pleased with the impact they made in Mountfield’s life.
But, at the time, they could never have imagined how big of an impact they had.
Mountfield made it to his final destination.
Mountfield made it to Holland and to the reunion with his regiment. And then, in the presence of friends and loved ones, the only ones left to him in the whole world, he passed away.
Sometimes helping another person might be a little inconvenient, but we all need each other. And if we even do just a little bit, we can truly make an incredible difference.
(Source: BBC, Motorway Cops)