What started off as a welfare check between a Texas police officer and an elderly woman has blossomed into an unexpected friendship.
Dorothy Shepard, 73, first encountered DeSoto, Texas, police officer John Holder when he showed up at her house to see how she was holding up after her numerous back and neck surgeries. At the end of the visit, Holder slipped Shepard his phone number and told her to call him if she ever needed anything.
The next day, Shepard took him up on his offer. Officer Holder picked Shepard up at her house and gave her a ride to her doctor’s appointment. The two have regularly enjoyed each other’s company ever since.
In late November, a DeSoto resident snapped a picture at Walmart of Holder helping Shepard buy groceries for her Thanksgiving dinner:
The DeSoto Police Department posted the picture to their Facebook page with the caption: “A citizen took this picture of Officer John Holder helping an elderly lady shop for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. Officer Holder took it upon himself to help and did this on his own time. Great job Officer Holder!!”
Shepard, for one, sounds thankful for her new friend.
“I know police officers,” she said, “but I never expected him to be that kind, and to go out of [his] way. He's just tremendous.”