Police officers have a pretty tough gig. They face all kinds of unpredictable situations every single day on the job. That includes your antics, you lil' multi-tasker, you.
And police officers really are to be commended for their hard work. They perform many good deeds every day while serving the community; deeds we rarely get to witness. But sometimes we are able to catch them in the lovable act on camera, so that we can Tweet about it and YouTube and MySpace it or whatever the kids do these days. Below are just a few for your enjoyment.
5. Canadian Cop Comes Across Campers Rocking Out In The Woods, Joins Them
Some people go camping to enjoy the fresh air, see the natural beauty of this world we rarely get to see, maybe roast a couple marshmallows over a crackling fire. Others go camping to let loose, and rock out half-naked to Pink Floydd.
When Const. Doug Sokoloski from Pincher Creek, Alberta was doing just another routine patrol, he came across a group of campers jamming out on their guitars and drums in the woods, because hippies. So, without a moments hesitation, Doug read them their rights and slapped on the cuffs.
Not really. Because you see, like most other cops out there, Doug is just your average human being. And as it turns out, Doug used to play in a band. So instead of chastising them for disturbing the beavers or something silly, Doug hopped on the drums and jammed out with them.
The video went viral, and he got another chance to jam with his fellow officers on a float at a community parade, much to the crowd's enjoyment. He used the opportunity to tell people that there really are good deeds like this that go unnoticed every day. Thanks for being awesome, Doug!
4. NYPD Cop Buys New Boots For Homeless Man
In case you didn't know, New York City gets real cold in the winter. Not Manitoba cold, but ya know, it's up there. An Arizona policewoman by the name of Jennifer Foster was visiting NYC when she saw a homeless man with no shoes. His tootsies were soon going to board a one-way train to magical Frostbiteville, population 10. But then, this happened:
“Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you.’ The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching. I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer’s name."
For all you flip-flop wearing people down South, all-weather boots ain't cheap. He probably just dropped $100 of his own cash, anonymously. And we wouldn't have even known about it had there not been an admirer taking a picture. One thing is for sure, those boots will need a good ozone treatment soon.
3. Officer Pushes Man in Wheelchair Home
The picture above was snapped by a passing college student and quickly went viral. First Precinct Officer Jordan Clark of the RPD in Richmond, Virgina responded to a call about a man in a wheelchair stuck on the street. When Officer Clark arrived on scene, he found that the battery in the man's chair had died. The man said he had no friends or family that could help him... So Clark said, "Cool, see ya!"
Actually, Clark proceeded to push the man 3 blocks through the cold to the nearest bus stop. But he didn't stop there! He then followed the bus to the man's stop near his house, then pushed him another 2 blocks to his home. Officer Clark earned high praise, receiving the elusive Officer Of The Month Award, and having his job title changed to "Flippin' Coolest Cop Everz". (citation needed)
2. Cops Save Deer From Highway, Walk Him To Safety
Raise your hand if you've ever walked a deer like a dog. If you just raised your hand, then a) You look silly sitting at your computer with your hand in the air and b) you are a filthy liar.
Not all of us have had the satisfaction of saving wildlife from the jaws of death, and many certainly have not experienced the privilege of walking a majestic deer like a puppy. Sgt. Steven Sandusky has done both of these things.
It began when Officer Jason Rains came across a frightened deer caught on a highway near Kansas City. In the amazing dashcam video below, we can see the panicked doe repeatedly ramming itself into the barrier. Little does she know that it's a 100-ft drop into a river below. Soon Sgt. Sandusky arrived, and the two officers jumped into action.
As they approached, they realized her leg had become caught in a drain. So after they freed her, Sgt. Sandusky decided to just walk her to safety like a dog, and the grateful doe followed him off the bridge until they reached a wooded area, where she bounded away to reunite with all her forest buddies. This one kind act pretty much makes up for all the times we hit deer with our cars.
1. Officer's Good Deed Towards Boy Is His Last
I saved the saddest one for last, because I didn't want you blubbering your way through the whole article. In San Diego, California in August 2011, Officer Jeremy Henwood was ordering his food at McDonald's when 13 year-old Davian Tinsley asked him for a dime so he'd have enough for some cookies. Officer Henwood bought the cookies for him.
As they talked, Davian said he wanted to play in the NBA. Henwood replied that it takes "hard work." They took their food, walked outside, and waved goodbye.
But this world soon demonstrated its hatred for heartwarming moments. Just mere minutes after this, Officer Henwood drove off and stopped at a red light, where he was then gunned down in an unprovoked attack. Davian saw the dozens of police cars that arrived down the street, but he didn't know until the next day what happened. Even though this moment was short, Davian says he has a role model for life now, and that "if he says I gotta work hard, I'm gonna work hard."
So there you have it. We applaud you, Boys In Blue! They are pulling off stuff like this every day, the majority we don't even see. So the next time you get pulled over while trading stocks and talking on the phone and watching Netflix at the same time, give that cop a high-five and tell him you love him.
For the majority of us average human beings here on earth, work is something we have to do. It pays the bills, and it puts food on the table. Not many people have a job that they love, so once our shift is over, we rush home to take care of important things. Like eating Doritos and watching Duck Dynasty for 4 hours. We barely get through the 9-5, so when it comes to working overtime, our boss better not even think about asking. It's just not gonna happen.
"Sure boss, I can come in at Never o'clock. Does Never o'clock sound good to you?"
But when it comes to being a firefighter, there is no 9-5. It is a 24/7 death-dodging profession. And while most of us would try to pepper spray Overtime in the face if we could, firefighters jump into beast mode even when they're off the clock. There are countless acts of heroism performed by firefighters every day around the world, so naturally we can't showcase them all.
But below are just a few...
3. Robert Puttick Gets Electrocuted, Simply Doesn't Care
Imagine you have just smashed your vehicle into a pole on the side of a county road. You try to get out, but every time you touch the car's frame, you are shocked. That's because the hydro lines from the pole you decided to chop down with your crossover are now laying underneath your car, sending electricity coursing through the vehicle. This was the scene in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada in August 2010.
But then help arrived by the form of off-duty firefighter Robert Puttick.
Otherwise known as Captain Awesome.
Robert sprang into action right away. Wearing just his casual clothes, he ran to the car, grabbed the driver's door... and was instantly shocked by about 115,000 volts. He hadn't noticed the wires underneath, and the lady inside was apparently to busy to inform him. But Robert didn't volunteer for 10 years just to let a little electric tickle stop him. He ran to the passenger side, where the door had swung open after the crash, had the driver kneel on the seat, and scooped her up and ran from the car... seconds before it burst into flames.
The woman sustained no injuries, and Robert Puttick went home a hero, with the satisfaction of knowing he no longer needs to fear lightning storms.
2. Firefighters Save Guy From Fire... 3 Times
Daniel DiRobbio of Warwick, Rhode Island, USA decided to go for a nice off-duty drive one night in January 2010.
"Yeppers, just going for a nice off-duty drive. No duties to worry about tonight. I would, if I was on-duty.
But I'm not. I'm off-duty. Zero duties to worry about."
But life for a firefighter just isn't that relaxing. As he was driving he saw heavy smoke pouring out of a two-floor house. He phoned in the fire (after jumping out of his moving vehicle, probably), and began banging on the door, waking up the two residents and their children, and getting them out safe and sound. The end! Not. As the other firefighters arrived, Daniel turned around and realized the father had run back inside to try to put out the fire himself. Because what do firefighters know about fighting fires.
So they marched up there and dragged him back outside to safety. The end! Oh if only. As they tried to do their job of putting out the dang fire, the man ran inside the house again! They then muttered something like "Strike three", left the property, and went back to the station to watch Backdraft on loop. No, because they're good people, the firefighters grabbed him yet again, and brought him out of the burning building. Hopefully, they followed this up by giving him a thorough rinse with their fire hoses.
Like this, but with more lesson-teaching velocity.
So please, if you are ever in a burning building and firefighters decide to save you and your family in their spare time, just do them a favour and stay saved.
1. Michael Marino Dives Into Flooded Tunnel
Lauren Ostberg, via The Somerville Times
In July 2010, the greater Boston area was hit by flash floods, including nearby Somerville. Christine Broderick was in the Fellsway Tunnel at the time, and had nowhere to go as the waters picked up her car and spun it in circles. The tunnel filled up with 18 feet of water and went pitch black as she managed to climb onto the roof of her car. Being unable to swim, she began screaming for help. And that's when off-duty firefighter Michael Marino "dove" into action.
"Ohh, I see what you did there, James!"
See, while most of us in this scenario might just point at the tunnel and cry, hoping the situation would just resolve itself, Michael is better than us. Michael Marino, a former US Navy rescue diver, jumped in without hesitation. He swam into the dark tunnel with a life-ring, located Christine, and pulled her to safety, strictly because he is the coolest cat around.
It's possible that the tunnel wasn't dark, but that she just had her eyes closed the entire time.
So thank you, Heroes Of Overtime! Thank you for working around the clock to save our butts whenever we get ourselves into crazy situations.
by James Antinozzi
James Antinozzi has been in the ozone sanitizing business since 2005, when Ozone Nation Inc. was founded and launched it's flagship product, Fresh Gear.