An Evansville police officer’s random act of kindness does not go unnoticed and on Wednesday afternoon, the single mother that benefited from the officer’s generosity had the chance to say thank you Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier this month, Brooke Martin, 32, sought assistance from Aurora, a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent and end homelessness. Martin, a single mother of four, was in need of some household wares, including mattresses for her kids, she said.
Corporal Steve Green, a 31-year veteran of the Evansville Police Department, couldn’t help but to overhear her.
“It just so happened that I had some extra items that I needed to get rid of,” Cpl. Green said. I’d rather take them and give them to somebody than to throw them away or take them to Goodwill. I take a lot of stuff to Goodwill but I’d rather give it to somebody.”
Cpl. Green, who had extra items from some of his rental properties, managed to get into contact with Martin. A few days later, the officer delivered two mattress sets to Martin’s doorstep.
“He didn’t know me. He knows nothing about me, nothing about my kids. It was just a random act of kindness,” Martin said. “That meant a lot. He didn’t have anything to prove. He done it out of the kindness in his heart. That’s what you call a random act of kindness. I can’t explain it any better.”
Martin had dealt with law enforcement before, she said, but never in a manner like this. The act of kindness reaffirmed to her that a majority of law enforcement officers are good and giving people who want to help the community. Their actions, however, sometimes get overshadowed, she said.
“A lot of the time they don’t get recognized for the good stuff. They get recognized for things in a negative light,” Martin said. “From my past and from what I’ve been through, I can honestly say that [acts of kindness] need to be recognized more because this happens all the time.”
“A lot of police officers do a lot of good. A lot of people sometimes give them a bad [reputation],” Cpl. Green said. “We do a lot of good for people. We help out a lot of people other than give them tickets and take them to jail.”
Cpl. Green’s visit with Martin was cut short; he had to take a theft report a few blocks away. Duty calls, he said as he drove away. Martin said she’s forever thankful that he went beyond the call of duty.
“I’m grateful, I’m grateful, I’m grateful for Mr. Green and his kind act,” Martin said.