- A woman placed a distress call to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
- When the cops responded, they learned that the cause of the woman’s distress was her inability to maneuver her wheelchair due to her dilapidated ramp.
- Officers and their families asked for donations of lumber and supplies and built the ramp in just a day.
For some law enforcers, serving and protecting the people is not just when they are on duty, it is ingrained in their hearts and minds 24/7.
So, when a woman in distress called to ask for help, they responded. And when they found out that she needed a new ramp for her wheelchair, the cops proceeded to organize a donation drive and work on the ramp themselves, off duty.
Last Friday, our deputies responded to a call for assistance from a citizen who was in distress. After speaking with the citizen and seeing the condition of her wheelchair ramp, deputies realized she wasn’t able to leave her home. In a charge led by Deputy Mark McGowan and the entire Bravo Alpha shift, during their personal time, decided to build her a new ramp! All lumber and other materials were provided by Ability1st and bulk pickup from Leon County Public Works Department. This is what #ALLinLEON is about! Great job team!Posted by Leon County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, 4 March 2021
Sgt. William Punausuia of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office said, “She just was looking for someone to help, and that was the whole issue, the root of the problem was that no one was helping her and she didn’t know who to get into contact with.”
The woman’s wheelchair ramp had rotted and she could not go out to her vehicle and do her errands. The cops cannot just let the situation pass.
With Deputy Mark McGowan leading the whole Bravo Alpha shift and United Way Agency Ability 1st donating the supplies and lumber, they demolished the dilapidated ramp and replaced it with a new sturdy one in just a day!
The woman tearfully said, “I had no idea that you did services for people like this, especially in the times that we’re going through. It’s important to me to let people know that you all stand up for people and support us here.”
The sheriff’s department maintains that helping a neighbor is all part of the job.
Deputy McGowan added, “It’s not just necessarily enforcing laws and responding to calls; it’s whatever we can do to make our community great and help others. It’s how I was raised, and it’s what most law enforcement officers believe in.”
To the brave men and women of Bravo Alpha Shift of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, we give our snappiest salute. You just proved that you are heroes, on and off duty. Thank you!
Source: Inspire More