We all know that police officers put their lives on the line to protect and serve their community. However, we don’t always get to see the fruits of their labor. While lower crime rates and a feeling of safety are certainly the benefits of a good police force, one deputy from Madison County, Alabama proved that being an officer was so much more than having a gun and fighting bad guys.
Residents of the county shared photographs of a sheriff’s deputy taking out the lawn mower to serve one of the newest members of his community. Because a young mother just gave birth, she had no support as she was learning how to wrangle the newborn baby. That’s why the deputy went above and beyond the call of duty to offer his love and support and get the woman’s lawn mowed.
It may have been a simple gesture but one that resonated with the people of Alabama and the country at large.
Rachael Brindley was the woman to witness the kindness most directly. She had just given birth and could not believe that the officer showed up ready to operate the lawnmower and help maintain her yard.
“Y’all thought I was about to get in trouble or something,” she wrote on Facebook about having the deputy come up to her house. “But this sweet sheriff (deputy) stopped and insisted on mowing my yard for me!”
Brindley’s husband, Ryan, said that his wife was trying to mow the lawn since their four-month-old was born, but just didn’t have the time. He could not do it either because he was not available to help out around the house. And Ryan admitted that mom had no hope of pushing a lawnmower since the baby was almost always attached to her via a baby carrier.
“He has been working hard on a work project and hasn’t had time to cut it,” Rachael said about her husband. “It was a nice day out, and so I thought I’d help my husband out and cut it myself. I enjoy cutting the grass.”
The deputy saw the new mom struggling with the lawnmower and stopped his car. He then rushed over to her to ask why her husband would leave the task to her while she had a newborn to care for.
The deputy then made a choice. Since he was not on any urgent calls, he told Brindley that he would finish the chore. She was relieved. It was a lot of work carrying a baby around and trying to cut the grass in her yard at the same time.
The sheriff’s department shared an update about the incident on Facebook.
“MCSO Deputy helping a new mom with a baby by mowing her lawn. Well beyond the call of duty. She was very thankful.”
Meanwhile, Brindley’s husband Ryan was glad the officer did the work in his place.
“It’s small in nature but was a huge help to my wife today,” he said.
What do you think about this sheriff’s deputy’s generous act?