A 95-year-old World War II veteran woke up in a hot house, sweating and unsure of what to do. He dialed 911 and after police responded, they discovered his air conditioner stopped working. So they chipped in and bought him a new one.
Fort Worth police officers responded to what is said to be the lowest priority 911 call there is. When they showed up at the home of 95-year-old Julius Hatley after he woke up in a sweat and made the emergency call, they discovered that the house was 85 degrees inside.
Officers William Margolis and Christopher Weir showed up at his house around 8am. Once they discovered that the problem was the a/c unit, the two men decided to take care of the World War II vet.
“I talked to my partner and I talked to the gentleman and said, ‘Look, we’re going to help you out,” Margolis said. “I’ll be back in just a little bit. I promise you.’”
The two officers then picked up a new air conditioner at a local Home Depot headed back to Hatley’s home to install it. Not knowing much about how to install a window unit AC unit, the officers received help from another officer until the unit was installed and Hatley was, once again, enjoying a cool house.
The photo quickly spread as officers went out of their way to take care of a veteran, a member of their community who had served them decades ago.
“This is what we do the job for. We don’t do it to issue citations and arrests, we do it to help people,” Weir said. “We got to see some humanity today and makes all of us feel good.”
The unit, which only cost the officers about $150 was then totally covered by the Home Depot after the manager heard of the officers’ kind gesture.
In the meantime, both officers are still in contact with Hatley to see that his central air conditioning system is repaired.
Often, we report on the cops that can’t control themselves or act criminally. It’s always good to share stories like this of those in the police force who look out for the citizens. Well done, gentlemen!