The police force in the town I grew up in was maybe ten or twelve full time officers at the absolute most and we got to know all of those guys pretty well.
One of them had a mother that lived about two houses down from us growing up and we would do her yard on days that we knew that he was going to be on shift so he didn’t have to do it.
Police officers stick their necks out for us and we don’t really think about it as much as we should.
Sometimes, while profiteering the job of protecting us they need a little bit of a helping hand. Which is why we should do everything we can to help the police when they need it.
Anyone who doesn’t think police officers have a dangerous job is living in a bubble. Because police officers never know what they’re up against, they always have to be on watch and vigilant. When problems arise, what do people do? They call the police. That means officers have to be ready to defend themselves against violent people all while navigating dangerous situations. And sometimes police officers get hurt.
But one police sergeant in Dawson County, Georgia was completely taken off guard. He offered to give a homeless man a ride to the gas station and even give him some money. He was being a Good Samaritan. And suddenly, the situation escalated and 52-year-old Sgt. Randy Harkness’s life was in danger.
After the police sergeant tried to give the homeless man some money, they man became violent. He lashed out at the Good Samaritan police officer and began striking him in the face.
Because he was not expecting his act of good faith to turn so quickly, the police officer was not prepared. The homeless man continued to lash out at him and injure his face.
Thankfully, a female bystander happened to be there. She witnessed the violent suspect pummeling the policeman’s face. She rushed out of her car and because she was legally carrying a handgun, she took a shot.
The fired round sent the violent suspect running. As he fled the scene of the violent crime, the female bystander aimed and fired another bullet at the homeless man. In the end, her bullets hit the suspect at least one time. And Sgt. Harkness couldn’t be more grateful that she took action to help him.
Although police officers are on the job to protect and serve their communities, they always appreciated with citizens offer a helping hand.