No matter where we are in life, it’s crucial to keep in mind that we are all simply ordinary people trying to survive.

This concept was brought into sharp focus recently when Darren Ballard from Tacoma, Washington just shared a great story with us. It’s something we cannot see on regular basis.

Epitomizing what many are calling the good side of policing…there, by the side of the road, was a deputy sheriff sharing lunch with a homeless man.

Ballard, a resident of Tacoma, Washington was driving his car. In the car was his fiancée as well. While they were driving the car, they had to stop next to a police car.

When they came to a stop, Ballard noticed the sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle. He was surprised, but not because of the police car. Ballard was drawn to what was going on close to the car.

Ballard’s desire to capture that moment allowed us all to see this fascinating example.

On the side of the road, the sheriff was seated. It was challenging to discern what was truly happening at first look. Ballard, though, couldn’t ignore the person seated next to the sheriff.

What Ballard actually witnessed was kindness in action. The good and kind heart of the sheriff was evident from the photo that has been posted. He shared his lunch with one homeless guy.

“I look over and there’s an officer in uniform, sitting on the grass, sitting with a homeless guy sharing a sandwich and I was just blown away, Ballard explained.

Darren Ballard

To sit there and get personal with him on a level, he’s just being friendly. It’s awesome,” Ballard said.

The post and the image were spread immediately. Thousands of people saw what the sheriff did. Everyone admired the man’s kindness and generosity.

“Just saw this cop having a sandwich with a homeless guy in the cut wanting no attention just doing a good deed,” wrote Darren Ballard. “There are good police officers out there people this made my day please share!!!!!”

With heartwarming comments from folks online, one wrote, “I think this is fabulous. Cops are humans too — just like this fellow that happens to be homeless.”

“Most are good people. It’s nice to see this side of them.” Another wrote.

Details about the sheriff and the homeless person appeared after the photo was posted online.

James Haynes is the homeless man in the photo, he says the two have known each other for about a year and this isn’t the first time Deputy Mike Huffman shared a sandwich with him. “Sometimes we talk for hours, sometimes we talk for 10 minutes,” Haynes explained.

“He takes time out of his day to talk and if he gets a call, he’ll run and take it,” saying that he’s grateful for the food, but many times the conversation means so much more.

“He smiles all the time and makes me laugh,” said Haynes. “It’s very depressing out here.”

The image has acquired symbolic meaning as a result of all the unfavorable media coverage police have received nationwide.

“It meant a lot to me for everyone to see this image because there are awesome police officers out there and they don’t get enough credit,” Ballard said.

A similar case is recorded in Jackson, Tennessee. Elizabeth McClain also posted about the scene.

A homeless man was visible at the side of the road. He was wearing a backpack, and Elizabeth felt bad for him because of his condition. He appeared famished and worn out.

But as soon as she spotted him, a police car pulled up, and an officer went over to speak with the homeless man.

She posted the story on her Facebook page and she wrote:

”Imagine sitting on the side of the road with everything you own, fitting in a backpack.”

Well, truer words have seldom been spoken. It’s important to remember that the police are on our side. Seeing a deputy spend his own money and time to help someone he doesn’t even know should encourage all of us to not only respect their dedication but to model their behavior whenever we see an opportunity to help.

Sources: Taphaps, Wtsp, opposingviews

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