Police Officers’ Incredible Gesture To OAP Who Lived In Empty Home After Wife’s Death

police helping OAP@LadywoodWMP/Twitter

Police officers have come to the aid of an elderly man who was left in an empty house, with barely any possessions after the death of his wife.

Officers from Birmingham took it upon themselves to go beyond the call of duty when they realised the situation the man was living in.

WPC Rogers and PC Greaves discovered the pensioner was living on his own with hardly anything in the house, after his wife’s family had taken the items following her death, police said.

The officers, along with the help of charity, Trident Reach, were able to help the man and give him some much needed home comforts, like a new toaster, microwave and a TV.

The man, who’s not been named, broke down in tears when the officers showed up on his doorstep with bags of shopping and a new television for him, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Taking to Twitter, Ladywood Police wrote:

WPC Rogers and PC Greaves have sourced essential items for the elderly gentleman.

He lost his wife recently and her family have gone and taken her items leaving him with an empty home.

The officers enlisted the help of Trident Reach – a charity which provides elderly and vulnerable people with services across the Midlands – who provided the gentleman with the support he needed, and gave funds for his new TV.

The charity do vital work alongside the police throughout many communities in the area.

Ladywood Police shared the story on social media, writing:

Representing core values of neighbourhood policing …. PC Greaves and WPC Rogers delivered and set up items for the elderly gentleman …. safe to say it was a tearful moment and he was extremely grateful for the kindness [sic]

The officers then made the pensioner a cup of tea and some toast while they installed his new television, showing him how to work it, too.

Naturally, the response to the officers’ kind gesture from others in the community was more than positive, with many people thanking the police and praising them for taking time out of their busy days to go the extra mile.

One person said:

You are heroes, each and everyone involved. So nice to read a heartwarming story. Well done, you deserve all the praise you get. Really hope the man is happier and gets the help he needs.

Another simply said:

No better policing than that. Well done guys

While another tweeted:

Well done to the officers – v important showing compassion despite, no doubt pressure to get to the ‘next job’. [sic]

News of the neighbourhood officers’ actions spread far beyond their area, too, with the Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police, Dave Thompson, spreading the kind story.

He said:

When there is no one we can be someone. Not our job but too often no one’s. Helping those in need buys legitimacy to do the tough stuff.

Policing cannot become an infrequent visitor at a point of crisis. Neighbourhhood teams are part of a communities fabric. Well done guys. [sic]

A truly kind gesture from the police officers.

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