They say that kindness is free, and that any time is a perfect opportunity to be kind. However, we are humans who have flaws, we get agitated, we get emotional, we get tired and these flaws can be a huge wall that may prevent us from doing acts of kindness.
However, an officer working in Florida’s Lakeland Police Department has become a viral emissary of kindness. The kindness shown by the admirable police officer is now inspiring people all over the world to not let every opportunity of helping others pass them by.
The now-viral police officer named Kareem Garibaldi had been busy in patrolling the streets of Florida to ensure that everything is well and safe. The dedicated police officer was already on his third consecutive 12-hour shift, and since he is not a robot but a human being, officer Kareem was already tired and sleep-deprived.
Surprisingly, although the officer was already looking forward to calling it a day and have a good rest. Yet the dedicated officer did not let his exhaustion overpower his will to help, not only humans but animals as well.
Apparently, when officer Kareem Garibaldi was out patrolling on the streets, keeping residents safe and sound, he encountered a helpless stray dog. A small pit bull-Boxer mix seemed to be lost. The kind officer looked for any tags but he could not find any. Officer Kareem could not let himself leave the stray dog he had found. So he took the dog with him back to the police station.
Office Kareem tried to his luck and tracked down the dog’s owners the next day but to no avail. The kindhearted Kareem even brought the small stray dog to the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to check if she needed medical help.
Since the officer had been working his consecutive 12-hour shift for the third time, he was already exhausted and sleep deprived. Yet he could not afford to rest until he was assured that the dog he had rescued was totally okay.
But since he is not a robot nor superman, officer Kareem found himself falling asleep together with the already sleeping pup.
It was during at this heartwarming moment that the SPCA’s local safety manager, Connie Johnson walked through the door. The shelter’s safety manager’s heart was touched by the sweet and thoughtful scene she had seen so she decided to capture the moment in a photo.
“He was exhausted, the puppy was exhausted, and they were sleeping. It was one of those moments that just grab your heart. He was so determined to get her help.” The manager shared, reminiscing the event that unfolded in her eyes.
“It clearly was a selfless thing to do. He wasn’t thinking about getting home to sleep. He was thinking about what he could do to help this puppy survive. He actually woke up at one point just to see if she was OK, then he went back to sleep.” Connie added, expressing her respect and admiration for the selfless officer.
As it turned out, the rescued pup who was named Hope had some mites. But aside from that, she is of good health. However, the identity of her owner is yet to be discovered.
Since her rightful owner could not be found, officer Kareem took her back to the station. There, Hope was able to meet a new owner who quickly fell in love with her at first sight!
After the heartwarming picture of the sleeping officer Kareem and Hope was uploaded online, it became viral in just a few hours. A lot of people across the country expressed their admiration and gratitude to the kind and selfless act of the officer toward the helpless dog.
And when Congressman Dennis A. Ross learned about it, he vested the selfless officer with a Hometown Hero Award! Everyone agrees that officer Kareem is more than deserving of the award.
“I’m a dog owner myself and just seeing that puppy out there kind of broke my heart … It was just one of those things, I wanted to just give it a fighting chance … With everything that’s going on around the world, just do one small little thing just to try to make it better. Just make a difference one day at a time.” Congressman Ross shared, explaining why officer Kareem’s selfless act of kindness speaks to his heart.
Now, the rescued pup is having the time of her life in the arms of her new family. It sure is horrifying to think what could have happened to the poor stray pup if officer Kareem did not spare his time for her. Fortunately for the poor dog, the kind officer did not let his exhaustion and tiredness stop him from going beyond his call of duty!
Watch the inspiring and touching video of officer Kareem below, the policeman who has an empathizing and compassionate heart that even a three consecutive 12-hour shift could not stop from spreading kindness! May we all learn from him!
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