Sergent B. Hagarty. of the Chicago Police Department thought he was just doing a random act of kindness. According to Time, after noticing a homeless man dumpster diving outside of a Chipotle, he brought the man inside and treated him to some food. Afterrwards, according to NBC Chicago, he shook the man's hand.
According to NBC Chicago, the whole thing was witnessed by Rachel Mitchell, a Facebook user dining at the Chipotle (located at 1025 W. Belmont). Mitchell couldn't resist snapping a picture of the kind encounter. The CPD says, "(Hagarty) did not think he had done anything out of the ordinary." That's why he was so surprised when he found out the pictures went viral.
Sergeant B. Hagarty is retiring this year after 35 years on the force. Luckily, he's not the only police officer to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to bring a little joy in people's lives. Here are some other exemplary examples of cops doing it RIGHT.
The Simpsonville Police Department in South Carolina gave a patrol car a makeover to help spread breast cancer awareness (Fox Carolina). Law enforcement is tough, but not as tough as fighting this terrible illness.
In 2012, the then-26-year-old officer Larry DePrimo was spotted buying boots for a barefoot homeless man (NY Times). At the time, he didn't know that a tourist took a cellphone photo of the moment. He's since been promoted to detective.
A police officer in Williamsport, PA helped fix a little girl's bicycle, according to the Williamsport Bureau of Police's official Facebook page. Williamsport is known to be a friendly town, so it makes sense that they host the Little League World Series. We think this cop totally has a shot at being MVP.
After finishing a morning meeting, Sgt. Erica Hays stopped by Dunkin' Donuts for a quick breakfast, where she noticed a homeless man sitting on the curb. The NY Daily News says that she bought him a sandwich and some coffee, then sat down next to him. Hay told Fox & Friends, "I didn't have anyone else to eat breakfast with that morning either. He was gracious enough to eat with me as well."
These officers from Bothell, Washington took some time out of their day to hang out with these young entrepreneurs. The kids got some cash, and the officers get some much needed hydration...everybody wins!
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Jefferson County, Alabama, posted this on their Facebook page. It's Deputy Ric Lindley comforting a baby after a pretty nasty-looking accident. The deputy told AL.com, "I did nothing heroic," which only makes him seem MORE heroic to us.
The riots at Ferguson told a lot of negative stories, but here's a positive one. A tear-filled 12-year-old boy, Devonte Hart, held a "Free Hugs" sign during a protest. Touched by this gesture, Sgt. Bret Barnum took him up on his offer (CNN).
Brent Bartlett of the Juneau Police Department told the Alaska Dispatch News that from his patrol car he saw "a little brown puffball" lying on the street. That little brown puffball was an injured baby owl. He picked up the tiny creature (with gloves) and rang up the Juneau Raptor Center. While waiting for them to pick him up, the little owl made some new friends at the JPD office.