ORONO, Minn. – An officer from the Orono Police Department is getting some serious props on social media after a picture showing the officer mowing an elderly woman’s lawn went viral.
The department proudly posted the picture on their Facebook page on Thursday along with a story behind what happened.
According to the post, Officer Matt Siltala was performing a welfare check on an elderly woman at her home last week. When he arrived, he noticed her grass was far past overgrown.
After ensuring that the elderly woman was okay, he reportedly asked her why her lawn hadn’t been cut in so long. Her reply pulled at Officer Siltala’s heart strings.
The woman told the officer that she lived all alone and didn’t have anyone that could come over and help her out with chores around the house. The grass was long and she simply didn’t have the strength to get it done.
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That’s when Siltala stepped up and showed the true nature of what it means to serve a community.
Siltala gassed up her mower and got to work, knocking back over a foot of growth.
“Kindness and compassion needs to be taught from a young age. Love wins again.”
Siltala’s partner, Officer McCoy, took a photo of Siltala’s good deed.
Check out the department’s Facebook post below.
The staffer who posted the feel-good image even joked that the second officer couldn’t bother pick up the trimmer to give Siltala a hand, perhaps due to a union issue.
The officer and the department received an overwhelming amount of praise and thanks on social media.
“Kindness and compassion needs to be taught from a young age. Love wins again,” said one commenter on Facebook. “Thank you to the officer who took the time to help this lady out. Remember everyone: you will be elderly some day.”
“That is wonderful ~ taking “to serve and protect” to a whole new level!” read another.
These acts aren’t terribly uncommon. Things like this happen every day. Yet these are the little things that no one sees. These are the small gestures that create long-lasting impacts on people’s lives. If more news stations covered the good side of police just as frequently as the bad, maybe there would be less of a divide in our country between law enforcement and the public. In the meantime, huge props to this officer for going above and beyond his duties to take care of someone in need.