A photo posted on Facebook of a sheriff’s deputy and a homeless man eating lunch together on a side street has gone viral very fast.
The heartwarming image was posted by Darren Bigd Ballard, Sr., a resident of Pierce County, Washington, who recently took the photo. He captioned it with this:
“Just saw this cop having a sandwich with a homeless guy in the cut wanting no attention just doing a good deed…there are good police officers out there people this made my day please share!!!!!”
It was later confirmed by Detective Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office that the police officer on the photo was indeed one of their deputies. He said though the office did not want his name known.
Troyer shared the story behind the “lunch date” on East Pierce Firefighters IAFF Local 3520’s Facebook Page. This was what he wrote:
“Deputy “Anonymous” who doesn’t want to be identified found a homeless man panhandling at 512 and Steele St. He had previous contact with him before, struck up a conversation with the man and they talked about services. Seems next month the man will have housing. Our deputy asked him if he was hungry the man said he was. So the Deputy sat down with him and shared his lunch with the man. These type of incidents happen quite often in our department.”
The photo has already garnered a great number of likes and shares and has gotten quite a lot of good comments as well.
A certain Facebook user said:
“I hope to hear about this mentioned on the evening news tonight. They are quick to report on the tragic stuff (and we do need to be informed!) but the good stuff is often not reported. Kudos to this officer and all of the other good cops out there. Thank you.”
Another shared this:
“Not only is this officer sharing a sandwich but lately I have heard of our Sheriff’s Dept officers handing out Subway gift cards to homeless folks. Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept rocks!”
And, as one of the Facebook commenters on this photo said, “Compassion does exist”, we just need to open our eyes and be aware of what is really going on around us.
As for Ballard, who originally posted the photo, he thanked everyone who has helped share the story to the public and had this to say:
“It’s nice for the police, who do handle their job with the utmost passion and respect in the field, get a break with some good positive news for a change.”