A police officer in Fargo, North Dakota, was recognized by the chief of police for going above and beyond the call of duty to make sure a group of children were safe.
According to reports, Officer Chris Bergem was called to the scene of a domestic dispute this where one adult at the home went to the hospital and the other one went to jail. Once the adults were out of the house, nine children were left completely on their own, and out of concern for their safety, Bergem decided to go above and beyond to help them.
While they waited for a babysitter to come take care of the children, Bergem stayed at the house and cooked all of the children breakfast. Now, Fargo Police Chief Dave Todd is publicly acknowledging Bergem for his act of kindness and selflessness.
“This morning Officer Chris Bergem responded to a domestic assault complaint. One adult ended up going to the hospital and one ended up going to jail leaving their NINE kids behind. Temporary care for the children was identified, but unfortunately it was going to be awhile before it was in place,” Todd explained in a statement. “What Officer Bergem did next made me extremely proud. Since they had not had breakfast, he made breakfast for the kids (cereal and bananas I am told) and cared for them until another caregiver could arrive. What's more…the children mentioned a previous bad experience with police in the past which perhaps was overcome by this exemplary display of compassion and service.”
“I love being able to share these little stories about our officers and the compassion they have,” Todd continued, “as well as their commitment to the community they serve.”