Photo Credit: Facebook/Chicago Police Department
A 35-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department’s act of kindness for a homeless man goes viral after the department shared the story to its Facebook page.
With so many headlines focusing on the negative, it may seem difficult to find the positive, but it’s certainly there if you look.
Sergeant B Hagarty was buying himself a meal at a Chipotle last week when he noticed the man rooting in the bins outside and invited him in for some food.
Passerby Rachel Mitchell watched as the sergeant knocked on the window before telling the man to order whatever he wanted. In a Facebook post, Mitchell said the pair waited in line together, ordered, and then shook hands before going their separate ways.
She wrote: ‘Touched my heart so much, with all the cr** police are getting these days it reminds me there’s so much more good out there than anyone ever wants to give credit.
If everyone did something simple like this every day the world would be a better place.”
Since uploading the post, along with two images of Hagarty and the homeless man together, it’s been shared hundreds of thousands of times, attracting hundreds of comments.
Eventually it came to the attention of the Chicago Police Department, which uploaded its own post naming Sergeant Hagarty and praising his actions.
A police spokesman wrote: “He [Hagarty] was not aware that someone had captured the moment, a break in his day as he was finishing his lunch, while at work just yesterday.
“He did not think he had done anything out of the ordinary. He did not want to brag about what he had done.
“As he walked out a young lady approached him and told him that he had made her day. Sergeant Hagarty said thank you and walked out.
“Sergeant Hagarty thinks that might be who posted his pics on [Facebook]. If that is you, thank you. Sergeant Hagarty will retire before the end of the year and will be missed. Sergeant Hagarty we thank you for leading the Chicago Police Department by example.”
Facebook user John Govea Alonzo wrote: “Many officers do hidden gestures on a daily basis. You just happened to see this one, and by an honorable man. I’m certain it won’t be his last, may God bless and grant him safe tours till end of his watch.”