It’s a police officer’s duty to serve and protect their community. But sometimes, the job isn’t about solving crimes or making arrests—it’s about helping people with their day-to-day lives.
That was the case for one police officer from Charlotte, North Carolina, who came across a young man in need of aid—and while it wasn’t typical police work, he stepped in to help out anyway.
In June, Officer Kulp of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department went to a local Chick-fil-A. Though it was his lunch break, he quickly realized an officer’s job is never done.
While he was eating dinner, a young man struck up a conversation with the officer. He was filling out a job application, and asked Kulp a few questions.
Kulp was happy to assist—and as the two spoke, he decided to go even further.
He asked the youth to join his table—and helped him fill out the whole application.
Filling out applications is a big deal for young people trying to find their first job, and they don’t always have someone to guide them through the long process.
So when the youth needed help, the officer knew lending a hand was the right thing to do, knowing the impact the small act of kindness could have on his life—even if it meant missing his own lunch break.
A bystander in the restaurant caught the scene and praised Kulp for his good deed.
“This simple interaction has the ability to change that young man’s life in so many ways,” they wrote to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
“We need more officers like this one in our community and he deserves credit for going above and beyond.”
When the department got word they praised their officer, sharing the story and a photo of Kulp on their Facebook page. Sometimes good deeds don’t go unnoticed.