Prattville police officer praised for act of kindness

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - A Prattville police officer is being praised for going above and beyond the call of duty to help a family in need.

A photo that captured the act of kindness has already been shared hundreds of times on social media.

Wednesday, Prattville resident Erica Melton posted a picture on Facebook of Prattville Police Sgt. T.R. Hope giving her husband, Douglas, who is a quadriplegic, a sip of water. It has nearly 2,000 likes and more than 500 shares.

"I didn't think too much of it when I posted it. I just really wanted people to know that that we still had some good people in this community," said Erica Melton.

What the picture doesn't capture is what lead to this moment. The couple's car had broken down at an intersection off Highway 14 in Prattville.

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Hope and another officer pushed the van out of the roadway. As the couple waited for a tow truck and another van to transport Mr. Melton's wheelchair to arrive, Hope waited with them.

"He did not hesitate to ask us what we needed," said Douglas Melton.

"He was so gentle and nice. He didn't have to do it," said Erica.

When asked about his act of kindness Sgt. Hope said he was just doing his job.

"I was on duty. I didn't do anything different than any other Prattville police officer would have done," said Sgt. T.R. Hope.

Hope is just grateful he was at the right place at the right time to brighten the Melton's day.

"We try to make a difference any way we can. I am glad God was able to put me there in that spot that day to be there," said Hope.

"I hope it teaches everyone that we must remain unified to help. No matter who it is," said Erica.

Now the Melton's and Hope say there were a number of good Samaritans who also stopped while they were out there to offer water and food. One man came multiple times to check on them and blessed the couple with a gift.

The Meltons said they do plan to visit Hope's church in the future.

Hope is a long-time public servant. He's been with the Prattville Police Department for 17 years.

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