RICHMOND (WRIC)—A Facebook photo of a Richmond Police officer assisting a citizen in a wheelchair over the weekend is generating positive buzz on social media.
On Tuesday morning, the Richmond Police Department posted a photo on its Facebook page that a citizen had tweeted on Saturday. The image shows First Precinct Officer Jordan Clark pushing a man in his wheelchair.
According to RPD, Officer Clark received a call about a man in need of assistance after his wheelchair battery died. Clark responded to the scene, pushed the man for three blocks to 25th and East Broad streets, where he had arranged for GRTC to pick the citizen up.
“It was cold, his wheel chair was broke,” Clark said. “The last thing on my mind was leaving him. He didn't have any friends or family. That was the only option. I was like, 'Well, I can't leave you here, I don't want to leave you here, we got to take care of this for you.'”
The actions that followed are earning the officer high praise. A college student took a photo of Officer Clark assisting the man in the wheelchair. After the Richmond Police Department posted it on Facebook, it went viral.
“[Clark] then helped the man get on the bus and then followed the bus to the man's home near 21st and Q streets,” Richmond Police wrote on Facebook. “But he didn't stop there. He then pushed the man in his wheelchair another two blocks and helped him get safely into his home. What an incredibly kind thing for him to do. Talk about going above and beyond.”
“I think he thought he was in trouble at first when I called him,” said Lt. Dan Minton. “I said, 'What can you tell me about this picture of you pushing this guy in a wheel chair?' and he said, 'What are you talking about?' and I kind of gave him the background on it, and then he told me the story.”
Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond
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