A Couple Sees Cop Standing Alone in the Pouring Rain, Turns Out She Was Saving a Life
The possibility to save lives is one of the main reasons for becoming a police officer. And when we hear that a cop has been given an award for their service, things like courageous feats where they rescue people or catch criminals come to mind immediately. But there are other stories that are no less touching and inspiring than those acts of bravery. And we want to tell you one of them.
Bright Side was touched by the act of an officer who performed her main duty, regardless of everything.
Mr. and Mrs. Hammett, a husband and wife, were driving in the pouring rain in Greenbelt, Maryland. In the distance, they see a police officer standing in the middle of the road. They think she is standing there to warn drivers of flooding due to heavy rain. But when they drive closer, they see a wide smile on the officer’s face and immediately understand what is the matter.
It turnes out that the officer, whose name is Sharnise Hawkins-Graham, was standing over a snapping turtle. Despite the downpour, and the fact that she was getting totally wet, the woman didn’t move away from the animal. The couple pulled off the road and Mr. Hammett got out of the car with an umbrella to help protect the policewoman from the rain.
Officer Hawkins said that she was just leaving a ceremony when she was alerted about a turtle in the middle of the road. The woman stopped near the turtle, but realized that she couldn’t move the animal. The turtle was large and carrying it in her hands could be dangerous, so she called animal control. And while waiting for them to respond, she decided to guard the turtle, because the passing cars might have run it over accidentally.
While Mr. Hammett stayed with the officer, Mrs. Hammett decided to act. She rushed home and returned with two shovels. With their help, the couple took the turtle and carried it to the other side of the road to a safer place. “The officer was soaking wet and continued to have this gorgeous smile on her face. It was quite a beautiful experience,” remembers Mrs. Hammett.
Officer Hawkins has long proven that she is an excellent cop and good-natured person. About 6 months before the turtle rescue, she became the Greenbelt Police Officer of the Year for her valiant service. And with this act, she once again showed that she deserves this title. By her own example she proves that an officer must protect not only people, but also those who are much smaller and more vulnerable than us.
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