FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) It’s not something Melissa Caballero is used to seeing. In fact, she said she’s never seen anything like it.
A Fort Wayne Police Department officer patrolling a neighborhood on the southeast side of the city stopped his car to talk to two children. In a matter of moments, the officer got out of his car—to help tie one of the boy’s shoes.
“I got my phone out immediately to take a picture because that’s something I’ve never personally witnessed,” she said.
Caballero was surprised; officers usually just drive around in her neighborhood, she said. The whole thing happened while she was sitting on her porch waiting for family to arrive for Thanksgiving.
But that’s not the only thing Caballero said an officer was seen doing. She said an officer also played basketball with some neighborhood children on Thursday. She wasn’t sure if it was the same officer, but that doesn’t take away from the kindness the FWPD showed the Centennial Townhomes neighborhood.
That officer was identified as Ricky Howard. Caballero said she would like to thank Howard for “taking the time to do a random act of kindness. Not only did you help that child, you impacted others. Believe me, more people saw that than you realize. Thank you for showing our youth that cops aren’t always the bad guys they are made out to be.”
She shared the special moment on Facebook.