Battle Creek Police, Animal Control Help Disabled Man Clear His Driveway
Rob Hall was painting inside a Battle Creek home late Tuesday morning when he looked out the window and saw a man in a wheelchair shoveling snow from his driveway.
"He had his shovel in hand, was bent over and had two scoop-fulls of snow," Hall said. "I was like, 'Are you kidding me? He is not going to do this.'"
About three minutes later, Hall had on his coat and boots and walked outside to help the man shovel. But he was too late.
"There was a Battle Creek Police and Animal Control truck sitting there, and two officers took over for him and were shoveling away," Hall said.
Taken aback, Hall snapped a picture and posted it to his Facebook wall.
"I never got their names or said anything to them; they were just doing their thing," said Hall, who mentioned that nobody saw him.
"They shoveled for about 15 to 20 minutes, gave the shovels back, shook his hand and they left."
With one random act of kindness, Hall said his "faith in humanity was restored."
"The man never asked for the help, but they stopped by and took over for him," said Hall, noting he felt "proud."
"Not all of them (police) are out to get you, out to hurt you — they still do nice things and help people out," Hall said. "I’m glad that something good is blowing up (on Facebook) rather than bad all the time.
"It's great to know that there are people who are willing to do something like that for other people without recognition."
Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker said he wasn't shocked to hear of an incident like the one on Jericho Road in Battle Creek.
"What’s great about that photo — and so many other photos like it — are the wonderful moments caught on camera by a bystander that shows what, thankfully to us, is no big surprise," Blocker said. "That stuff goes on all the time.
"The power behind it is someone else is sharing the photo, and we are so glad that Rob could share his photo."
While Blocker didn't have the details for why the officers were in the area, he said Emily Leach, an officer with the Battle Creek Police Department, and Michael Ehart, of Battle Creek Animal Control, were together because Leach is a newly-hired officer who's rotating in "different areas of operation" as part of her training.
As of the writing of this story, Hall's Facebook photo has nearly 2,500 shares and more than 5,000 likes.
If you aren't able to see the above Facebook post, here's Hall's photo.