A police sergeant in Chicago was applauded on social media after being spotted buying a meal for a homeless man.
Photos of Chicago Police Sgt. B. Hagarty surfaced online via Rachel Mitchell, a local woman who posted the pictures to her Facebook page.
According to Mitchell’s post, Hagarty spotted the man digging through the trash outside of a Chipotle restaurant in Lakeview, Illinois, and then asked him if he was hungry. The man said he was hungry, and Hagarty led him into the restaurant. He then bought the man a meal, shook his hand, and left.
“Touched my heart so much, with all the c--- police are getting these days it reminds me there’s so much more good out there than anyone ever wants to give credit,” Mitchell wrote in her Facebook post.
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“If everyone did something simple like this every day the world would be a better place.”
The Chicago Police Department later acknowledged the incident on its Facebook page, commending Hagarty — a 25-year veteran of the Chicago PD — for his actions.
“He (Hagarty) was not aware that someone had captured the moment, a break in his day as he was finishing his lunch, while at work just yesterday,” the department wrote.
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“He did not think he had done anything out of the ordinary. He did not want to brag about what he had done. As he walked out a young lady approached him and told him that he had made her day. Sergeant Hagarty said thank you and walked out.”
“Sergeant Hagarty thinks that might be who posted his pics on (Facebook). If that is you, thank you. Sergeant Hagarty will retire before the end of the year and will be missed,” the post continued. “Sergeant Hagarty we thank you for leading the Chicago Police Department by example.”