We all know that sometimes a police officer can make us nervous. Although we respect and admire our boys (and girls) in blue, they can make us worry we’re doing something wrong. That might have been the case when an officer pulled over to speak to a mom mowing the lawn wearing a baby carrier.
New mom Rachael Brindley, of Madison County, Alabama, was finding out what a juggling act being a mother can be. Like any four-month-old, her son was plenty of work all by himself, but Rachael had other chores to handle. Those were, basically, all the things she had to do before but now with a baby in tow as well.
It wasn’t necessarily her job to do, but the lawn needed mowing, having been left to grow for a little while. Her husband Ryan might have ordinarily done the job, but he wasn’t on hand to get it done. However, it wasn’t something that bothered Rachael.
“[Ryan] has been working hard on a work project and hasn’t had time to cut it,” Rachael explained, speaking to Waff 48. “It was a nice day out and so I thought I’d help my husband out and cut it myself. I enjoy cutting the grass.”
Rachael added, “Everyone was out working in their yards and I thought, ‘Hey, I’ll mow my yard too.’ I have a small yard and it doesn’t take long to mow, so I wrapped up my little one secure in my Boba wrap and got about halfway done.”
Rachael had been working for a while when the police cruiser pulled up. Immediately, her thoughts went to the baby. She figured that the officer would reprimand her for mowing with her son, suddenly thinking that perhaps it would be considered dangerous.
The officer stepped out of his car and approached her, as if to confirm her suspicions. “I honestly thought he was going to tell me to not mow with a LO [little one],” Rachael said, recalling the moment in question. Instead, something remarkable happened.
The police officer explained, much to Rachael’s surprise, that he couldn’t just stand by and watch as she worked hard to mow her lawn. He felt that her baby meant she had enough on her plate. With that said, he decided to do something for her.
The officer used his radio to explain to the station where he was, and then took up mowing himself. In fact, he did the whole second half of the job, without even being asked. Considering that she had thought she was about to get told off, Rachael was very grateful for the help.
When he found out what the officer had done, Rachael’s husband was quick to offer his thanks for this kind deed. “I can’t express enough of my gratitude for this man-in-blue,” Ryan said. “It’s small in nature but was a huge help to my wife today.”
Rachael was so impressed with the event that she posted about it on Facebook, lauding the officer for being such a Good Samaritan. It quickly went viral, the story touching thousands of people, who shared it. However, Rachael didn’t just post out of gratitude.
The country is wrestling with questions and debate over the current state of police and law enforcement. There have been legitimate issues raised concerning the actions of certain officers, particularly towards African-Americans. This includes unlawful killings.
Unfortunately, there have also been horrific, targeted attacks on police. Rachael felt that it was important to highlight the enormously good work that the boys in blue do for millions of people. She said as much to reporters she spoke to.
Rachael said, “My husband and I appreciate the officer for doing a good deed! I only posted because I wanted people to see that police are good especially with all the heat they’ve been getting lately. I had no idea my post would go viral! We’re grateful to all the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country!”
Although the local police department acknowledged the thanks given, they declined to give the particular officer’s name. He will remain an unnamed hero, at least to the wider world. To the community he works in, well, they know who he is.
“This Deputy goes Above and beyond every time he comes in contact with the public,” one Facebook comment read, the person in question aware of the man’s identity. “I personally know him and glad to call him my Brother in Blue.”
This anonymous officer isn’t the only member of law enforcement doing good deeds in their community. Terrance Hightower, an officer in Jacksonville, Florida, also went above and beyond. As a result more people viewed him and his fellow officers in a positive light.
Hightower was on patrol when he happened to pass a man riding his bicycle in the street. He noticed immediately that the bike was missing its back tire. The man was cycling on, manfully trying to get to where he needed to be, regardless.
Seeing this, Hightower decided to help. He visited a nearby store to buy new tires, and then drove to the cyclist’s home and gave them to him. Hightower didn’t do this because police officers are mandated to fit new tires when people are in need; he did it because it was a good thing to do.
It is officers like the one in Alabama, helping Rachael, or Hightower helping a cyclist, that remind us of the police’s true character. The issues facing law enforcement as a whole shouldn’t be a sign that every officer is to be mistrusted. Individuals still do great work for their communities.