We all know that police are sworn to protect and serve their communities. But every officer takes this oath differently. Some just perform their duties by the book and clock out once their shift is over. But many take their pledge to serve very seriously. They go above and beyond their call of duty and over-deliver on their promise again and again.
In Ohio, the police received a plea from a 10-year-old girl. She wasn’t in danger, she wasn’t lost, she just needed some help with her math homework.
The girl, Lena Draper, logged onto Facebook and went to the Marion police department Facebook page. Then she did the only logical thing, she messaged them with her questions. And guess what? The officers in charge of social media proceeded to help the little girl get her math problem solved!
Check out their message exchange and more below!
It was 1:22 AM and this 10-year-old was up doing her math homework. Desperate to get it done for class the next day, she messaged the Marion, Ohio police:
“I’m having trouble with my homework. Could you help me?”
Because police in Ohio are busy dealing with the drug epidemic sweeping across the state, they set up and automated message to field messages that come in over Facebook. The automated response told the little Lena to call 911 if it was an emergency.
Although the police department usually takes a day to reply to their incoming Facebook messages, this time it took only two hours.
At 3:16 AM, the police replied with: “What’s up?”
After breakfast, Lena logged back onto Facebook. She saw the message from the police, she wrote, “I need a little help with my homework.”
Five hours later, the police replied, “Ok with what?”
“Well I don’t understand (8+29)x15”
Instead of scoffing at this girl’s request, the police officer took her plight seriously.
“Do the numbers in the parenthesis first so in essence it would be 37 x 15”
The little girl needed more help.
“Ok now if I had this (90+27)+(29+15)x2 Which one would I do first because you have to do the parentheses first.”
The police broke it down for her without giving her the answer – like a true teacher.
“Take the answer from the first parenthesis plus the answer from the second parenthesis and multiply that answer times two. Work left to right doing the work inside the parenthesis first.”
Although the police tried to help, they did not give her the right answer.
Because this was the first time someone asked the police for homework help, the department wrote: “Maybe should have mentioned that History was my favorite subject before answering. Well, we know now!”
When the news was posted to their Facebook page, community members spoke up in praise.
Miles Benton Hughes write: “If there is such an award as officer of the decade my vote would be for B.J. Gruber hands down. I’m so very proud to know him if I had one wish beyond my family it would be to just simply shake his hand I’d be very. Very honored and I will run into him one and I’ll do that very thing.”
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