East Ridge Police Sgt.'s good deed caught on camera
EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB) -
Sergeant Scott Butcher said he really didn't want to bring any attention to himself after he stopped his East Ridge patrol car on the 1-75 exit ramp on Ringgold Rd.
But it's too late.
A man waiting at a red light noticed his cop car and immediately reached for his phone and started taking pictures.
"Actually I kind of thought maybe he might be harassing her," said Nicholas Martin of East Ridge, "Telling her to leave, maybe it was a dangerous area to be in or something."
While stopped at a red light, Martin's first reaction was to take out his phone. He's been seeing other reports of police officers in the news recently, and thought it would be a good idea.
"I just grabbed my phone, snapped a photo and he was actually being a hero," Martin said.
What he caught on camera was a genuine act of kindness.
"He had a bag of dog food in his left hand and another bag of food in his other hand, he was approaching her and she had a big smile on her face," Martin described, "And I just thought it was really heartwarming."
What Martin saw was Sgt. Scott Butcher returning to help a woman he saw on the roadside earlier that day.
Sgt. Butcher approached the woman and asked if she needed any food. The woman told Sgt. Butcher she didn't need anything but her dog did not have any food.
Someone shared Martin's post on Channel 3's Facebook page along with many others.
The post has more than 9,000 shares in just 24 hours.
"Contrary to what a lot of people feel about police officers, they're men who want to make a difference," Sgt. Butcher said, "And they don't want glory, they don't want attention for it."
Sgt. Butcher said the woman was looking for a ride to Georgia and he got the feeling she was down on her luck.
Before they parted ways, he returned with her only request, plus some extra food for herself.
"I've never been hungry a day in my life, I've always had a roof over my head, I see a lot of people that don't have that," he said, "That's situations that can change for people at the drop of a hat."
Sgt. Butcher didn't want all this attention, and said he did what any other other officer in East Ridge would do.
"I've seen groceries purchased, diapers for babies, I've seen money given to people I've seen food purchased for people," Sgt. Butcher said, "You know the men I work with do this frequently."