This Photo of a Police Officer and Elderly Man Goes Viral—Here’s the Sad Reason Why

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April 24, 2018US News
This Photo of a Police Officer and Elderly Man Goes Viral—Here’s the Sad Reason Why
Deputy Chief Bentley helped an elderly man to visit his wife at hospital. (Montoursville Police Department)

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A heartwarming photo of a police officer escorting an elderly man to the hospital to see his ailing wife has moved thousands of people.

The picture, which was posted on the Montoursville Police Department Facebook page, shows Deputy Chief Bentley helping 84-year-old Roger Baker into UPMC Susquehanna in Pennsylvania to see his sick wife.

Baker’s wife of more than 60 years had a medical emergency on Thursday, April 19, and was taken to the hospital by ambulance alone, according to the police. The elderly man had no way to get to the hospital and did not have any friends or family in the area. So he decided to call the police to ask for some help.

Deputy Chief Bentley was on his regular shift when he received Baker’s call who told him he needed a lift to the hospital, reported ABC affiliate WNEP.

Bentley and an intern went to the 84-year-old’s home to pick him up and take him to the hospital.

“When he got out of my patrol car at the hospital, he held on to the side of the car for about a minute. I didn’t realize it was that bad, so I grabbed his hands and started to walk him in,” Bentley told the news station.

That was when the police department intern captured the heartwarming moment.

The photo has since garnered over 4,700 reactions and more than 1,300 shares at the time of writing.

Many social media users praised the officer’s actions, saying that they were moved by his kindness.

Police said they shared the photo to let the community know that they are always available to help no matter the situation.

“With this gentleman here, he mentioned on his way to the hospital that there have been a couple of times where his wife had fallen down, and instead of calling 911, he went out to the road and flagged someone down and paid them $10 to help pick her up. I said, ‘Just call 911; it’s what we do,'” Bentley said.

Montoursville Borough Police is encouraging the community to check on their neighbors as many people may not reach out even if they are in need of help.


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