WALKERTOWN, NC — Opportunities to show kindness toward others can be found at multiple times over the course of a day, and a deputy sheriff from Forsyth County, North Carolina, grabbed his chance Sunday when he came upon a woman who couldn’t afford to pay for the gas she needed to get home.
Chris Owen was patrolling in Walkertown early Sunday morning when the woman flagged him down. She said she was disabled, and wanted to know if Owen could help. Sure, he agreed, and asked her to follow him to a nearby gas station.
She handed Owen $8. Owen didn’t think that would buy enough gas to get her home. He didn’t want her to run out on the way and be stranded.
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So he whipped his personal credit card out of his wallet and filled the woman’s gas tank.
“This job isn’t just about carrying a gun and a badge,” the sheriff’s office wrote on its Facebook page. “It’s about serving others.”
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The post has received thousands of likes, shares and comments. Many people thanked Owen. Others offered prayers for his protection while he’s on the beat. Someone said police officers do good deeds like that all the time, but people aren’t around to see it.
“The vast majority of our police have a heart to truly serve and protect,” Facebook user Crystal Gayle-Girard wrote. “I’m thankful for them every day.”
Jeff Jung said that if he sees Owen in a restaurant, he’s going to pay for his meal.
“This is why we should buy their meal sometimes,” Roxann Marquardt Maxell wrote in agreement. “We never know what they’re doing for others!”