Peace Officer Kudos

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Going Unnoticed

March 13, 2019

Sometimes good acts can go unnoticed or unappreciated. I would like to take a moment and recognize a few Lamont County residents who last month, when temperatures were in the double negative digits, went above and beyond the norm.

I received a call from a resident and young son on the way to school. While traveling North on RR 195, they spotted a cat in distress in the ditch; the ambient temperature was -39, colder with the wind chill added. The boy asked his mom to stop, and he exited the vehicle and found that the cat had clumps of snow/ice frozen to its paws and appeared to have been outside exposed to the elements all night.

The young boy gathered the cat out of the ditch and placed it in a sheltered area to provide it some relief from the cold. Not having a crate and with their own dog in the vehicle, they were unable to take the cat with them, but the son wanted it reported so someone could come help the cat.

I arrived at the area and located the cat. There were two residences in proximity, and I attended each to see if one was the owner of the cat. The first resident stated the cat did not belong to him, but he would see what could be done. I attended the second residence and was informed the cat did not belong to her either; however, she provided me with a travel crate to go collect the cat for transport. Upon my return to the area the first resident had arrived and gathered the cat and placed it in his basement with some blankets for warmth and food.

It is small acts of compassion and kindness like these that instills pride in oneself. No one had to do anything, no phone call, no travel crate, nor bring the cat into their home and provide care for it.

I would like to publicly acknowledge these residents (you know who you are) for going the extra mile and taking the time from their busy schedules to stop for a few minutes and lend a helping hand. You should commend yourselves.

Community Peace Officer
Derek Wright, CD
Lamont Country