A Henrico police officer is getting worldwide attention after going beyond the call of duty to help two little boys.
It happened a few days ago while Officer Joe Bolland was on patrol. Responding to a call at the London Towne Apartments, the six and seven year old brothers came over to him.
“They began asking me about my different equipment on my police gear,” said Bolland. “I said, ‘You guys want to play with some toys or something while we’re here?’ They said they didn’t have any.”
No toys and nothing to play with…so the boys grabbed a pair of socks and threw it around with their new friend.
“It was pretty heartbreaking,” said Bolland. “When I see a kid that age, I think of my own daughter. I never want her to have that kind of experience.”
Officer Bolland couldn’t stop thinking about the boys so he went to Walmart and did some shopping. He picked up a football, a basketball, and some other toys. He even found a costume police hat that he was able to give them.
“Just to see their eyes light up was incredible,” said Bolland. “It’s probably my greatest experience as a police officer.”
Bolland’s supervisors heard about what happened and posted a photo picture on Facebook.
Thousands around the world have seen it.
One commented: “Every kid needs some toys and a hero to look up too.”
Another said: “The compassion Officer Bolland showed those two young boys will always remain with them because they will remember his kindness.”
“I’ll admit I got a little teary eyed,” said Bolland. “I was not expecting that kind of a response toward me.”
An unexpected response from an unexpected act of kindness – all from a man who says he was just doing his job.
“I’m just a police officer who bought some toys,” said Bolland.
Bolland says he looks forward to meeting up with the boys again to see how they’re doing.
The Henrico Fraternal Order of Police helped Officer Bolland buy the toys.
If you’d like to make a donation to the “Cops and Kids” program, call Sergeant Jim Livingstone at 804.928.0357.
Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond