Helping old folks across the road may not technically be a part of the job description, but one Mission police officer’s instinct to aid a woman in need last week has earned him accolades on social media.
Last Tuesday, Mission Police Cpl. Pete Martin was in his patrol vehicle when he saw an elderly woman at the intersection of Martway and Broadmoor. She was carrying grocery sacks and appeared to be shaking. Martin pulled over, approached the woman and asked her if she was okay. She had just finished her grocery shopping for the week and needed to get across the street to catch the bus back to her home in Kansas City, Kan. She was worried she wouldn’t make it in time. Martin escorted her across Broadmoor and made sure she was settled.
Martin, a native of New Zealand who has lived in the U.S. since the early 1990s and has been a police officer for 14 years, didn’t think much of the interaction. But a passerby snapped a photo of Martin helping the woman and put it on Facebook. “Just watched a Mission, KS police officer park his car on the side of a busy street just to help an elderly woman safely cross the street,” wrote the poster, adding a heart emoji.
Someone forwarded the post to city hall in an email with the subject line “Mission Police Caught on Camera.”
“You don’t see that kind of thing too often,” Martin said of the woman needing help crossing the road. “But I figured I ought to make sure she was okay. Maybe that’s just the nature of police officers. If you see someone who looks like they need help, you do what you need to do to help them.”