Sometimes when a police officer makes a mistake, the residents of his/her city -- and at times, the entire country -- are made aware of it.
And too often the good deeds which could be considered above and beyond are dismissed as police just doing their jobs.
It's the same in every city. I know. I was a police officer. And when I screwed up, everyone knew it. But when I ended up in the hospital with burned lungs after helping a neighbor whose home was one fire, you know what I got? Nothing.
With all the bad being reported about police officers in other cities, I wanted to highlight a few things our own Hudson officers are doing, but not bragging about.
Hudson, I hope you realize how lucky you are to have these men and women protecting you and your families.
I compile the police blotters and I get to read brief accounts of what's happening in and around Hudson.
One thing that strikes me about Hudson Police officers is that they will go above and beyond to help a citizen. That's not true for the officers who cover the city I live in.
Please allow me to share a few examples.
Last Thanksgiving an elderly man suffering from dementia was driving through Hudson when he became disoriented.
While Hudson officers were trying to contact the man's family, they invited him into the police station for a Thanksgiving meal.
According to officers I talked to, the man ate two platefuls of food before his family picked him up. The officers told me they were thrilled to do it. I was thrilled to report it.
A recent blotter item was listed under the traffic listings.
A woman's car had a flat tire and she had stopped her car along the side of the road. The responding officer had a few options. He could have waited behind her with his overhead lights alerting oncoming drivers or called a tow truck.
However the officer decided on another option - he jumped in and changed her tire himself. I'm not sure about you, but I've seen few officers with sleeves rolled up along the side of the road changing a tire in uniform. That's better service than Triple A. Kudos to that officer for the extra initiative.
One of the most recent items, and one that I've bragged about to friends and family, also involved an elderly man. If I remember right police received a late-night call from an 86-year-old man. Somehow the toilet in the man's Hudson apartment had become clogged.
Instead of dispatch placing the call on a pile of never to be answered requests and chastising the caller about the priority of police calls, it was placed into the system.
I don't recall the exact time, but I believe it was late. An officer responded to the apartment and unblocked the toilet. Yes. He plunged that puppy clear -- while in uniform. That is going above and beyond the standard "protect and serve" mantra.
I can imagine what my city's dispatcher would say if they received a call like that.
Since I've been doing the blotters there have been many instances I could write about if space and time would would allow.
Officers have chased skunks from yards, picked up sick raccoons and unlocked enough cars to start a dealership. And they do it all without complaining.
I'm sure there are so many more things that could be considered above and beyond.
Thank you to the men and women of the Hudson Police Department. From everything I see and know, you do your job well and the residents should be proud.
Residents, you have a good police department.
How about helping me out?
If you know of something an officer has done above and beyond the typical protect and serve, let me know. Maybe if we get enough we can do a story. If not, at least we can Tweet or Facebook the good deed.
The younger generations need to know that the recent news seen on TV about police shootings is not the norm. My nephew, J.J. is eight. And he wants to become a police officer.
I'm very proud of him and I'm going to do all I can to keep cultivating that without pushing or nudging. His career should be his decision - as long as it's legal.
Maybe one day J.J. will wear a Hudson Police uniform and I'll write about one of his good deeds.
Let's keep our fingers crossed.