Police officers in the U.S. get a ton of stick for the most part. Loads of people are ready to issue complaints concerning how they go about their jobs on a daily basis, yet they persist.
Of course, it’s important that we keep the freedom to criticize members of any profession when they’re not doing their job effectively, but it’s equally important to remember that police officers risk their lives every single day in order to protect us.
Not only that, but many of them are capable of amazing feats – which this incredible story is a fantastic example of.
There are not many remaining veterans from World World II left, but 92-year-old Louis C. Hicks is one of them.
Throughout his life he’s always tried to do the right thing, this includes when America was called to defend Europe’s freedom.
One day, recently, Louis found that some of the tools in the workshop behind his house were missing. He alerted the police to the theft, mainly in the hope that they could catch the thief.
All Louis wanted was to get his tools returned, but when Officer Chasity Salazar reported to the scene, she insisted on taking a look around Louis’ home.
Louis knew in that moment that he couldn’t hide what was going on in his kitchen. Officer Chasity took a look around, saw what she needed to see and then quickly left. She promised not to disturb him again.
92-year-old Louis had no idea that she’d been doing a round of detective work in his house, and was planning on returning with something to make his life a lot easier.
What Chasity had seen was that Louis was using his stove to heat his house, with all the rings on as he sought out warmth. She turned to her colleagues for help and, after some help from generous donors, she purchased a new heater for Louis.
Louis himself was in tears when Chasity returned to deliver the gift. He had a hard time getting his words out.
“I’ve never had no one to do nothing for me. After my mother passed away and left me to take care of my two sisters … nobody never did nothing to help me. You hate to ask anybody ’cause sometimes they’ll frown on you, and I’m a true veteran. I won’t ask. I won’t ask,” he told local station KVUE.
Louis told everyone how his old heater had burned a hole in the floor, so he quit using it. Due to his limited income, he’d turned to his gas stove as a last resort.
Officer Chasity, meanwhile, wasn’t just happy to give Louis an important gift, she was also grateful for the opportunity to pay tribute to a man who had offered so much for his country.
The whole neighborhood has now banded around Louis, and aim to make his life as smooth as possible.
“It means everything. The things I’ve been trying to do since the ’40s…I’ve been asking for help. And now, it just came in. God is good,” he shared.
Not content with simply changing his life, the police in Austin have made a list of all the things he needs on a daily basis, including underwear, shirts and pants.
It looks like Louis is finally getting the good luck he deserves, having devoted himself to being a great man all his life.