Mass. officer honored for going beyond call of duty
For one Massachusetts officer, being a cop means helping others, whether he is on or off duty
By PoliceOne Staff
RANDOLPH, Mass. — For one Massachusetts officer, being a cop means helping others, whether he is on or off duty.
WCVB reports that Officer Kevin Gilbert recently received a commendation for being the “living embodiment of service and selflessness” by the Randolph PD. The department said Gilbert typically scours social media and news headlines to learn about people who are in need that he can help.
Gilbert’s selfless actions include helping people at home and in places as far away as Georgia and Tennessee. The officer sends out care packages to sick children in hospitals, and even helps the families of the children by providing toys and gift cards for gas.
"As a police officer, making an arrest is one thing in the course of our duties, but by sending a letter and gift with a police patch to a sick child in the hospital, you can do the most with that," Gilbert said.
Sgt. Douglas Morgan recalls the time Gilbert helped a single mother who was caught shoplifting from a store. Morgan said the mother stole because money was tight and she was trying to provide for her daughter. So, Gilbert went into the store and paid for enough food to last the family until the mother received her next Social Security check.
Gilbert said his generosity comes from his parents, but he also made it clear that he isn’t the only selfless officer.
"I'm certainly not the only officer in our department who does it, but it's always nice to be able to help whenever we can," he said.