Cops Go Beyond Call Of Duty After Finding 92-Year-Old WWII Vet Using Stove To Keep Warm
Police officers along with members of the community all came together to help Louis C. Hicks, a resident of Austin and a 92-Year-Old WWII veteran.
People who live long lives find themselves battling a dreaded enemy: inflation. A pension or social security check may prove not to be enough to cover the costs associated with maintaining a comfortable life.
Recently, the veteran found himself relying on his stove to stay warm during the recent frigid spell hitting the United States.
Visited Mr. Hicks this afternoon. He’s extremely thankful to everyone who has reached out and has even found lost family members. “From the bottom of my heart ❤️ Thank You”— Bino Cadenas (@Bino_APD) January 31, 2019
Big things are coming his way - home improvements, @HonorFlightATX, and community support. Wish list...1/2 pic.twitter.com/iDCGuRIAeG
When Mr. Hicks discovered tools missing from his shed, he called the police to report the theft. Upon arriving at the veteran's home, the police found the elderly man was dangerously relying on a gas stove to keep his home -- and himself -- warm.
Officer Chastity Salazar responded to the scene to take the initial police report. She would return not too long after, but not to follow up on the tool theft. She brought Mr. Hicks a free heater. Upon learning Mr. Hicks had no heat, Salazar informed her colleagues, and they chipped in to purchase a heater.
“That’s just what we do as police officers,” Salazar said in an interview with KVUE. “I had realized that he’s using the oven. I know that’s not safe. His gas is on.”
How sweet is this?! @Austin_Police is delivering a free heater to a 92-year-old World War II veteran! An officer who responded to his house last week noticed he was heating it with his stove and oven. Thanks to these officers, he won’t need to do that anymore. 😊 @KVUE pic.twitter.com/rCvwclXuVW— Pattrik Perez (@PattrikPerez) January 29, 2019
As it turns out, the veteran did not need to rely solely upon himself to stay warm. He received some unexpected assistance from the police. The police, too, were not expected to help in the way they did. Events played out surprisingly.
Neither Salazar nor her colleagues had to perform such a good deed. They did so out of the generosity of their hearts. Now, Louis C. Hicks can stay warm in a safer way.
The things I've been trying to do since the '40s. I've been asking for help and now it just came in. God is good.
Said Mr. Hicks of the ordeal in the interview with KVUE.
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