One Cop, One Act of Kindness, One Viral Photo to Warm You Up

Photo of warm gesture in frigid weather goes viral.

Virginia officer Jordan Clark helps a man whose wheelchair battery died. (WTVR Facebook Page.)
Virginia officer Jordan Clark helps a man whose wheelchair battery died. (WTVR Facebook Page.)

With winter and this blasted cold refusing to end anywhere, warm stories are welcome wherever they occur.

This one happened in Richmond.

A photo of Richmond Police Officer Jordan Clark helping a man whose wheelchair battery died has gone viral and is earning the officer praise on social media, WTVR reports.

“These are the stories that should be on the evening news!” Eric Vincent Williams posted on Facebook.

“Wow. Now that’s an officer doing a good job. He has a heart!” Sandra Pleasants added.

Here’s the story behind the photo, according to Richmond Police as reported by WTVR.

“Officer Clark responded and pushed the man for three blocks to 25th and Broad streets, where he had coordinated with GRTC to get the man picked up,” Richmond Police posted on Facebook. “He then helped the man get on the bus and then followed the bus to the man’s home near 21st and Q streets.”

With the man close but not quite home, the officer decided his deed was not quite done. Clark got out of his car and pushed the man another two blocks. When they arrived at the man’s home, police said Clark helped the man safely get inside.

“What an incredibly kind thing for him to do,” police posted about Officer Clark’s action.

Feeling any warmer?

Frederick C. Cassiday February 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM
there are some good people who become police officers. Much better to read about them than the ones who shoot first and ask questions later. too many are thrill seeking bullies who act like they are above the law. Cops have a tough job and its even tougher when the public turns against them because of people being needlessly harmed by cops who don't serve and protect the people. Glad RPD has some good ones.
miralindrafel February 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM
These kinds of stories happen every day. They need to be reported on.
Jason Shoffner February 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM
There are lots of good people I meet people everyday all day and there are way more good people than bad....I think we just don't focus on the good because news and other social places always pinning bad. JCS Home Services
Private Person February 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Thought Patch was hyper local news? Why is it reporting about cops in Richmond?
oldtowner February 12, 2014 at 02:43 PM
agree w/ Private Person...this is nice, but it's in Richmond....?? I know PATCH has been hurting (parent company is AOL) and has had lots of lay-offs.....so maybe they are desperate for news just to fill space
Private Person February 12, 2014 at 03:52 PM
Patch issues and problems aside (which were long ago predicted before the dim-witted idiot running AOL bought it), we are more interested in the cops who shoot and kill here in Fairfax and get away with it time and time again. We have yet to meet any nice cops here. We are sure they exist somewhere in our 2000+ member paramilitary police department, but most of them have serious baditudes and seem to forget that they are hired and paid to serve and protect. Any doubters need only peruse Fairfax Underground (which is hyper local and not owned by AOL or any corporation).
John Lovaas February 16, 2014 at 07:17 AM
We see and hear very few stories about police doing good like in this Richmond case. Police in Fairfax County seem to have lost the caring dimension and have lost touch with their communities--sadly.
Mary February 16, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Thank you, Arlington Patch, for finding and posting this Richmond, VA story. And a special thanks to an officer who truly knows what "service to the community" means. Yes, I agree, we need more good news stories like this one!
Jason Shoffner February 16, 2014 at 09:57 AM
I am in Loudoun County and I like our police! Everyone I have ever talked to seems to be very helpful. I also see them out in the community doing more than policing. I believe people seem to serve there community less not just the police but everyone. We all need to stand up and help our neighbors more, help our communities more!!!
Frances February 16, 2014 at 02:07 PM
Good Cop. Bad Cop. Its not about the title, or job, its about doing the right thing. Ask yourself this question.Would you have stopped and helped this gentleman. Gone the extra mile for and with him. I bet you would, no matter what you had to do. Even good people, can be bad and bad people, can be good. That's the way it is. Well done Officer, if it is the only good thing you have ever done in your life so far, its the start of your new life.
April February 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Nice story and wish cops would try to do more good acts to change their image for abusing their power. How many videos get posted about abusive cops? I had a nice cop talk to me recently and she came across as someone trying to help. I was rather shocked as I haven't seen a cop act that way since I was in college 38 years ago. Unfortunately, I have seen a couple of cops being bullies within the last 5 years.


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