Most police officers enter the line of duty because they want to make their community a better and safer place, and help the lives of their fellow citizens.
And sometimes, that opportunity presents itself in the most unexpected ways. That was the case for one police officer who went above and beyond to help a young boy—and while it was far from typical police work, it drew the praise of his fellow officers.
Officer Clift, from Kent, Washington, was on patrol Monday, July 2. He was near Birch Creek Apartments when he came across a boy on his bicycle—and it didn’t take a police investigation to see something was wrong.
The boy’s bike was “literally on its last wheel.”
Officer Clift struck up a conversation with the boy, who seemed to enjoy talking to the officer and was engaged in their chat. Clift mentioned the disrepair of the boy’s bike, suggesting he might need a new one.
The officer asked the boy where he lived. He didn’t know his address initially, but he went to ask his grandma, who he lives with, for the apartment number.
Then, Officer Clift revealed why he wanted the address:
He was going to come back the next day—with a new bike!
It turns out, the officer happened to have a like-new bicycle at home that he was willing to donate to the boy. As promised, he returned the next day, and the boy’s reaction is captured in this priceless photo:
Meet Officer Clift. During a Splash/Fireworks emphasis patrol, he encountered a boy at Birch Creek Apartments who was…
The heartwarming moment was shared by the Kent Police Department’s Facebook page, where it has been shared over 400 times.
The department said the photo showed the lighter, human side of being a police officer that isn’t often seen.
“Somedays, this is our job and it ain’t too shabby,” their post read.