When Cop Stops For Food Staff Points Out Grandma In Corner
Marilyn Caylor 7/12/2017
Law enforcement officers have a tough, oftentimes thankless job. Not only are they tasked with protecting the public, but they work very long hours doing so. A 10-hour shift is a common occurrence in a police officer's normal work schedule.
Officer Fadeyi had just finished a 10-hour shift when he decided to stop at Bush's Chicken. But, instead of being served food, staff directed him towards an elderly woman sitting all alone in the corner of the restaurant.
After the long day he'd had he didn't expect this after his shift ended...
It's true, police officers don't always have a chance to grab a bite of food during their busy workday. Stopping at a restaurant and picking up some hot grub after work is sometimes their only opportunity to wind down and relax.
Officer Gbolahan Fadeyi just wanted chicken when he stopped in at Bush's Chicken in Waco, Texas. Yet, instead of chicken legs, Officer Fadeyi got a leg up on a hot story that was unfolding right inside the restaurant.
Employees got his attention and pointed him towards an elderly woman who had been sitting alone for over 4 hours. They didn't know what was wrong, and wanted him to check up on her.
Any police officer will tell you there's no such thing as an off-duty cop. They're trained to stay vigilant 24/7, as it can mean the difference between a person's life and death.
For this one elderly lady in particular, it meant the difference between getting home safe and sound, or becoming stranded at a restaurant where no one seemed to care about her well-being.
When Officer Fadeyi engaged in a friendly chat with the woman, he discovered that she was totally and utterly stuck.
As in, literally stuck! Her electric wheelchair wasn't going anywhere. The battery was dead.
She had no way move the heavy wheelchair, which meant that she couldn't get home. Ironically, home was just a mere 8 blocks away, which would be walking distance for those without mobility issues.
Officer Fadeyi knew the police station had a spare wheelchair, and immediately called a couple of fellow cops for backup. Thankfully, it didn't take long for Officer Francisco Reyes and rookie Officer Janea Draper to personally hand-deliver the new wheels.
However, Officer Draper didn't feel like they had done enough to help the vulnerable woman. The route home was clogged and had busy intersections, and the officer was concerned for the woman's safety.
So, she did the only thing she could do. Officer Draper promptly helped the elderly lady into the wheelchair, and proceeded to give her an official police escort - by walking her all the way home!
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Officers Fadeyi and Reyes packed the woman's belongings into their patrol car, and followed close behind. All three friendly officers made sure the woman was safe inside her apartment, before they bid her farewell.
Sgt. Patrick Swanton of the Waco Police Department praised his officers and their kindhearted actions:
"You can't teach officers to police with their hearts. They went out of their way to help this woman. We couldn't be more proud of them. It's a good, human way to be."
Boy, he nailed it right on the dot! Giving a helping hand is definitely a good, human way to be. Don't you agree?
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Aww, this is such a super sweet gesture! This lucky woman must have certainly appreciated the extra mile - or at least 8 blocks - that these officers went through to get her home safe and sound.
Sources: Facebook/Waco Police Department, Inside Edition, FB Image Credit: Facebook/Bush's Chicken - Glendale, AZ, Facebook/Waco Police Department