Connect with us

Features

Wow! Police Officers Jump In To Clear 99-Year Old Woman’s Sidewalks After A Snowstorm

Updated

on

Sidewalks

What’s the sign of a good community? A group of people who look out for each other. Maybe it’s helping to fix something or to put back someone’s trashcan when they’re not home. Maybe it’s raking leaves or checking on someone’s house when they’re away on vacation. Maybe it is a first responder who is offering their assistance when they get a call.

Whatever the form of helping out a neighbor takes, it is almost always welcomed because it makes a stronger community. In one neighborhood in Albany, NY this turned out to be just the case when an elderly resident needed help during a huge snowstorm.

More Snow Than Anyone Expected

Residents knew that a storm was coming just after the Thanksgiving Holiday. While they expected a fair dusting of fluffy white snow, they were surprised when more than 22 inches piled up on their sidewalks, driveways, backyards, and roads. The storm was so intense that the National Weather service ranked it as the 8th biggest in the area’s history.

The Police Were There To Help

Naturally, the police and other first responders received their fair share of calls for help after such a big dumping of powder. One of the calls they received was from a 99-year-old woman who lived alone and realized that she couldn’t clear the snow from her driveway all on her own.

While clearing snow is typically not part of a police officer’s duties, helping a community member in need is. Once they received the call, Albany police officers William Pierce, Christopher Stiles, and John Schueler responded with snow shovels. The three men worked through the snow with their uniforms on and their badges shining until the woman’s sidewalks, driveway, and porch were cleared.

Facebook Fans Praised The Officers

Thanks to the police department’s public information office, photos of the three officers made it to Facebook where they were quickly shared more than 6,000  times in the month following the incident. Here’s a copy of the post:

Fans on the social media accounts praised the officers. Follower Jenny Ann Collins remarked on how what the officers did was actually responding to a public safety issue because “living alone at 99 is never safe when snowed in.”  Another follower, Mirium Ortiz, simply commented, “Thank you. Such a beautiful example of a caring community.”

The police’s public information office responded to all the well wishes with words of gratitude in return. According to officer and spokesperson Steve Smith, all of Albany’s officers are “always going to be there to help the community in any way they can.”

Albany Officers Are No Stranger To Works Of Community Service

It’s not really a surprise that the three officers were willing to stop what they were doing during a busy storm to help the woman out. The police force includes regular acts of community service as part of their culture. During the Thanksgiving holiday just before the storm, officers delivered more than 500 meals to homebound residents. The effort provides officers with another opportunity to get to know residents on a one to one basis.

Direct community interactions, whenever and however they happen, are something that most departments aspire to doing. In fact, another notable example comes from Canada where officers hilariously entertained other community members by joining a lip synching contest. Those kinds of interactions are important because they foster connections between police and residents, ultimately building a stronger community while preventing problems. And isn’t that a key part of what good police work is all about?

Features

These Boys Wanted Adventure — And Ended Up Trapped in A Real Life Lord Of The Flies

Sometimes, truth is even stranger than fiction. While most people know the dark and frightening tale of Lord of the Flies, many do not know about the true story of what happened when six teenagers were left stranded on a deserted island in the South Pacific. But now, finally, the story is out — and what actually happened is far more unbelievable than any storybook.

Published

on

Continue Reading

Features

Stranded In The Freezing Alaskan Wilderness, A Clue In The Snow Cracks The Story Of This Missing Man

With inches of snow pilings and temperatures dipping 15 degrees below zero, Tyson Steele was alone in the Alaska wilderness fighting for his life. He decided to do something desperate in hopes that he would survive to tell his story. And just when he had nearly given up hope, search teams spotted a clue.

Published

on

Continue Reading

Features

Family Secrets Exposed When Man Learns Truth About His Adoptive Parents

Imagine everyone around you is in on a secret, except you. “I found out that everything I knew about myself was a lie.” Steve Lickteig was like many adopted children in hoping that one day he would learn the truth about his biological parents. But when the truth finally revealed itself, it exposed family secrets that would forever alter their life together.

Published

on

Continue Reading