After working a ten-hour shift, one Waco, Texas police officer decided to stop by a local chicken restaurant to grab dinner before starting another shift.
But when Officer Gbolahan Fadeyi stepped inside, employees told him that an elderly woman had been in the restaurant for four hours and asked if he could check on her. “Fadeyi made contact with the citizen who was disabled and in an electric wheelchair. The citizen stated that her wheelchair was broken and she had no way to get back to her apartment quite a ways down the road,” Sgt. Patrick Swanton explained.
Fayedi knew there was a wheelchair at the station, and called to have someone come drop it off. Moments later, Officer Fracisco Reyes and Officer Janea Draper were on their way with the wheelchair. Once they arrived, they helped the woman into the chair and gathered her things for her.
“Officer Draper, who is one of our Probationary Officers in training, decided on her own accord that the citizen in her condition would not be able to make it all the way back to her apartments. Officer Draper decide she would physically push the citizen in her wheelchair from Bush’s chicken all the way to the apartments. Officer Draper did just that while Officer Fadeyi transported her personal belongings,” Sgt. Swanton said.
“You can’t teach officers to police with their hearts,” Sgt. Swanton said. “They went out of their way to help this woman. We couldn’t be more proud of them.”
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[Featured image: Waco Police Department]