A police officer in Michigan is getting kudos for kindness and going above and beyond the call of duty.
He noticed an elderly woman in need at a local gas station. She had barely enough cash to get a gallon of fuel.
Without making a big deal about it, the officer filled up her tank.
The story was first posted on social media and generated a wave of good will in response to the officer’s kindness.
Dolores Marotta approached the cashier at a Michigan Citgo on Friday requesting $3 on pump three.
“I thought, ‘well that’s not going to get you anywhere really,'” said officer Todd Bing, St. Clair Shores Police Department.
Officer Bing was standing in line behind the woman.
“I didn’t have a lot of money I had a couple dollars and a dollar in change,” recalled Dolores Marotta, woman helped by officer.
Once outside the officer offered to pump her gas. She sat in her car and thought, “It seemed like he was putting in a lot of gas because I only told him three dollars.”
Officer Bing had put in an extra $20.
It turns out Dolores has been through a lot, struggling to make ends meet since her husband passed away a few years ago.
“I says God must have sent him there for me, you know?” said Marotta.
The owner of the Citgo gas station who rung her up watched the kindness unfold.
“I thought very highly of him I thought it was great thing to do,” said Seth Kasyouhanan, Citgo owner.
So Kasyouhanan snapped a pic and put it on Facebook for the world to see. His post now has 16,000 shares and 3,500 comments.
People are thanking this police officer for his good deed, and for putting his life on the line day in and day out.
“That interaction there kind of had nothing to do with for me in the moment being a police officer,”
officer Bing. “It was just a human thing.”
The gas station’s owner has chipped in too, setting up a GoFundMe page for the woman.