A Jersey City, New Jersey, police officer got some unexpected attention as a photo of him helping a young black man tie a tie went viral days before his retirement (photo above).
The photo of Officer Charlie Casserly standing beside his patrol car and helping a local teen tie his tie was taken July 9 by Lashambi B. Moore, The Jersey Journal reported.
Moore posted the photo to her Facebook page Thursday as Casserly entered retirement.
In the photo, the young man, who hasn’t been identified, is seen wearing khaki slacks, a dress shirt and a sweater vest. The teen’s collar is flipped up and Casserly is adjusting the young man’s tie.
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The teen reportedly flagged down Casserly and asked for help.
“Charlie pulled the patrol car over, got out and spent nearly a half an hour teaching the young man how to tie a tie,” Moore wrote in the accompanying Facebook post.
Moore told the The Journal in a later interview that she snapped the photo because it was a positive scene and she thought others should witness it.
“I only posted it to make others feel good because it made me feel good,” Moore said.
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She said Casserly first took the tie and tied it on himself before giving it back to the teen so he could try it himself. Once the boy finished tying the tie, Casserly helped him adjust it, according to Moore.
Other Facebook users chimed in to praise Casserly’s actions.
“Thank you for posting this,” wrote user Laurie Lukaszyk. “Jersey City has many very fine officers. Bless Officer Casserly in his retirement and bless the young man for asking the right person to help him. I wish that young man much success.”
“Outstanding,” wrote Fletcher Gensamer. “More of this please. Thank you Officer Charlie for your service.”
Jersey City Police Officers’ Benevolent Association President Carmine Disbrow told The Journal he was not surprised by the photo.
“This picture represents 40 years of Charlie Casserly not just of being a law enforcement officer, but also of being a role model, a leader, and a mentor,” Disbrow said. “It also is an accurate depiction of why Officer Casserly, and so many other men and women, choose to wear the badge, and their efforts to make the communities they serve better and stronger.”
Moore’s photo follows the release of other viral photos which highlight police officers' acts of kindness.
In March of this year, a Louisville, Kentucky, police officer was photographed helping a woman cross the finish line of a 10K race.
The woman, identified as Asia Ford by ABC News, had lost 217 pounds over two years in an effort to turn her health around. She was participating in the race to beat her time from the previous year. She said Louisville Metropolitan Police Lt. Aubrey Gregory, who helped her complete the final mile of the race, was an answer to her prayer.
(Police Officer Aubrey Gregory walks with Asia Ford; Photo Credit: Jonathan Roberts Photography)
Earlier this month another touching photo made the rounds on the Internet when a black police officer was photographed helping an older white supremacist, wearing a shirt with a swastika on it, get out of the sun.
The photograph was taken on the steps of the South Carolina Statehouse during a Ku Klux Klan rally, The Huffington Post reported. The officer reportedly noticed the elderly man having trouble in the July heat and was photographed as he escorted the man to a shady area.
(Photo Credit: Rob Godfrey/Twitter)
Photo Credit: Lashambi B. Moore via The Jersey Journal