A Georgia police officer is gaining quite a bit of media attention after coming to the aid of a man in distress at the side of the road, Today reports.
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Cpl. Brandon Lord, who responded to a call about a man walking down the middle of the road last month, said he immediately noticed that the man was in distress.
"I sat next to him in order to ease his discomfort," he said. "He was trying to catch a bus to get to Wal-Mart, but he was weak, and every time he reached a bus stop, the bus had already left.
"He told me he was hungry and had not anything to drink that day," Lord added. "I did not even really think about it. I went into the store and bought him water and food. We talked while he ate, and when he was done, I gave him a ride to Wal-Mart."
Lord walked to a nearby convenience store and purchased a bottle of water and a pepperoni-and-sausage pizza for the man. He opened the water for the man before sitting down to chat while waiting for him to finish. Lord said that the conversation was "mostly small talk" and that he learned that the man liked to sing.
"I can't tell you what he sang, because it was R&B from the '90s," Lord quipped. "I am a new-school music guy, but he was definitely old school, but he loved sharing it with me and I enjoyed listening."
Savannah, Ga., resident Philip Soukup noticed the exchange as he was out running errands that day on March 29. Soukup said his heart was warmed when he noticed Lord's kindness. He posted photos of the encounter to his Facebook page, captioning the album, "The police and all public safety members often work thankless jobs but they truly are heroes. I just felt the need to share some uplifting news when there is so much negativity in the world."
Lord, for his part, said that it wasn't the first time he's come to the aid of those in need.
"I have helped others with rides, and when I see someone hungry, I have given them food that I may have just purchased and not touched because they need it more than I do," he said.
"I helped him with food and drink and he helped me by making my day," Lord added. "He reminded me that I chose the right career. When I dropped him off, I told him to make sure he finished his water, and he responded by saying he loved me."
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