Even though most of us are focused on how we can help others this time of year, there are a few grinchy souls who show the dark nature of human beings. Sadly, one unidentified woman had to deal with a person like this when she was filling up her gas tank in Franklin, Ohio.
The single mother of two went inside the gas station to hand over her last $20 bill. Times were tight with Christmas around the corner - but she still had to make ends meet. However, when she tried to fill her gas tank, her heart dropped. There was a terrible mix-up and a thief managed to sneak away with her hard-earned money.
Thankfully, a kind officer was there to save the day...
The woman's tragic incident began when she accidentally told the gas station attendant the wrong pump number. Instead of instructing the man to put $20 on pump nine, she told him that she needed gas on number five. When the woman realized what happened, she went back into the station and pleaded with the attendant for help. Sadly, there was nothing they could do. The man at pump five took the "free" gas and sped off without returning a cent.
Frantic and without another option, the woman called 9-1-1. WLWT News transcribed her call:
"By accident, I told him five, or maybe he didn't understand me, and I'm on pump nine, and there's a gentleman pumping the gas that I paid for... I don't have any more money, and I'm sitting here with my two kids. I don't know what to do."
She couldn't afford a drop of fuel to get her and her children to their next destination. They were literally stranded at the gas station.
Officer Pardue of the Franklin Police Department was dispatched to the scene. As soon as he arrived, the officer assessed the situation and did his best to calm the distressed woman. She was clearly stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Instead of chasing down the petty criminal, Officer Pardue did something that would make an immediate positive difference in the stranded family's lives. He reached into his own pocket, pulling out a crisp $20 bill. At first, the woman refused. She didn't want charity, she wanted justice!
But as the reality of her circumstance set in, the woman humbly accepted Officer Pardue's generous offer. Once her tank was filled and Officer Pardue was back on duty, the woman called 9-1-1 again. But this time, she was eager to thank the kind officer who got her out of the sticky situation.
"Can I have the sergeant's phone number that is in charge of Officer Pardue? He put $20 in my gas tank, and I just wanted them to know that he didn't have to do that."
Word of Officer Pardue's generosity quickly spread around the police station. Franklin Police Lieutenant Brian Pacifico told WLWT News this act is just one example of Officer Pardue's well-known compassion.
"I think [what] she probably saw from Officer Pardue, it was genuine. It wasn't someone giving away money because they felt they should do it. He did it because he wanted to do it... He wouldn't think twice about something like this. It was a simple gesture from him, and I think that he's probably embarrassed by all the attention, if I have to be honest with you."
Officer Pardue doesn't want to be called a hero for helping the woman, he just wants everyone to show each other a little more love in life. What a wonderful man!