When an officer answers a call to serve or protect, it’s often not heard of when they go above and beyond the call of duty. However, when a call came in from an elderly woman whose bathroom had flooded a Paris Police Officer put on his work boots and helped out.
Helping the 80-year-old woman, Paris Police Officer Johnny Bangs got on his hands and knees to fix an overflowing toilet.
“We do so much stuff like this all the time, because it’s what we’re supposed to do,” Bangs said. “It’s who we are, and we’re supposed to be out there serving and helping.”
Bangs asked the woman if she had anyone at home who could fix the toilet for her. She said her children are out of town and wouldn’t be able to fix it.
“Rather than leave it there broken, where it couldn’t be used at all, I knew it was a simple fix and took care of the problem,” Bangs said. “We weren’t that busy, so it was something I could quickly take care of, and she wound up having the part so it really was simple.”
Bangs said the fix made the woman’s day, so much so “she cried; I think it was a happy cry.
“I hope we did the right thing for her today, and we can only hope we have as many positive as we do negatives,” Bangs said. “People just don’t see the positives that often.”
Steve Hill, Pct. 3 Constable, who answered the call with Bangs, said Bangs carried out the service notably.
“I mean,” Hill said, “you always hear the negativity of law enforcement, no one ever puts out the little things like this, and it’s the little things that add up over time and that matter.”