Police officers aren’t just known for putting away the bad guys. They are heroes of the local community in more ways than one. They are meant to be the ones who protect and help the young and old.
One deputy certainly personified such responsibilities in Hayden, Idaho. Deputy Doug Goodman is the resource officer for Hayden Meadows Elementary. He regularly goes to the school, high fives the kids, and helps out in anyway he can. As a father himself, he sees the school children as an extension of his family.
Although he is a common sight in the school, Deputy Goodman did one act that garnered the attention of one mother. And this mother shared what she saw, making the officer and her post viral on social media. It was later featured on the local news.
One Wednesday morning, Deputy Goodman was on traffic duty. He was sitting in his patrol rig carefully watching the streets. Then he found a sight that tugged at his heartstrings. It was a little boy, hair disheveled, carrying his hat and crying.
Turns out his older brother, who goes to the same school, ditched him. It was very cold, and the little boy was distraught. Deputy Goodman got out of his patrol car to help the little first-grader. He zipped up the boy’s coat, not knowing that a mother whose child also goes to Hayden Meadows Elementary was watching his act of kindness.
The mother took to Facebook to share what she saw. She wrote:
“Deputy Doug…is all I know him as and has the number 34 on the back of his SUV is one of the most amazing humans I’ve had the pleasure of encountering. Always making sure our kids are safe. Always going out of his way to serve others.”
The mother watched the deputy put the crying boy’s hood up and try to get his small hands warm. The officer’s kindness didn’t end there. He walked the boy to school, all while getting him to calm down and smile.
The mother who wrote about what Deputy Goodman did said:
“I wanted to share because this act of kindness absolutely melted my heart on this cold bitter morning. And for me, that doesn’t happen often.”
In an interview with KREM News, the little boy said that Deputy Goodman was amazing and that he does his job well. Although the first-grader already has a big brother going to the same school he sees the officer as another big brother, one who will always be there for him.
Deputy Goodman’s act of kindness has inspired many people to continue believing in humanity.