There has been something of a national conversation about police officers in recent months, spawning movements such as Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter.
No matter where you stand on those issues, it is worth remembering that the vast majority of police officers are good people who are just trying to make their communities safer.
Some cops even go above and beyond, committing acts of kindness and generosity that prove they are a credit to the badge. One such cop is Houston officer Sgt. Steve Wick.
The homeless man is named Quintus and is 75 years old. He suffers from extreme glaucoma and his feet were in terrible shape, due to years of living on the streets. Sgt. Wick is a 23-year veteran of the Houston Police Department. He humbly spoke to ABC about the encounter. “We cleaned him up and gave him new clothes,” he said. “We tried to get his feet in shape so he could put shoes on. His vision deteriorated to a point where he couldn’t function as well anymore.”
Sgt. Wick and his partner, senior police officer Colin Mansfield, took Quintus to buy clothing and helped him shower: “Quintus, he was happy to get cleaned up,” he said. “His whole life he’s been minimally employed, selling the Sunday paper. He’s got glaucoma, so he’s about 95 percent blind. When we found him, he was having difficulty walking to a thrift shop to pick up new clothes.” The officer was just happy to help.
However, he also wanted to prove to the community that cops regularly act as a force for good: “Police have gotten an black eye in recent years, or months. It makes people feel like police officers are out there to help, rather than to hurt, and we are.” The duo took Quintus to an emergency shelter and helped him get set up with eye doctor visits and other social services.
Here’s a big a thank you to Sgt. Wick and other First Responders like him what they do unseen everyday to help our community.