Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty. A 67-year-old Vietnam veteran named Gilbert LaRocque of San Diego was heading home on his motorized scooter last weekend when it suddenly stopped working.
"I didn't know what I was going to do," said LaRocque.
Fortunately for him, a pair of police officers -- Eric Cooper and Milo Shields -- were directing traffic and noticed LaRocque on the side of the road.
The police officers offered to drive him home, but he explained that he really needs his scooter to be mobile and couldn't just leave it there on the street. LaRocque relies on the scooter to get around due to injuries that happened when he was a soldier during wartime.
This is when the police officers saved the day and did something so totally wonderful. They pushed LaRocque in his scooter all the way home ... an entire mile! And it was a harder job than expected.
“We thought it was going to be like pushing a shopping cart, but we were fighting against the transmission the whole time,” said Cooper. "But we definitely wanted to get that guy home.”
While this just happened to occur on Memorial Day weekend, that had nothing to do with them helping a vet out, but it certainly made the moment all the more special.
“Being a veteran myself, I was gracious for his service to our country,” said Shields. “The least I could do was push him. We think about veterans one day a year. We should think about them more.”
What a wonderful thing to do. If only more people helped out vets in need; they not only could use our assistance, but they deserve it.
Have you ever witnessed police officers going above and beyond the call of duty?
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