Acts of Kindness
Cop snaps photo of kind teen helping elderly woman in parking lot
Officer Holt couldn't get over the teen's actions, so made it his mission to find him.
Rozzette Cabrera
01.04.22

A lot of adults misunderstand teenagers. At their age, they are often treated like kids but expected to behave like adults. This is one good reason why older people sometimes feel like they are from different planets.

One 14-year-old boy proved that teenagers can actually behave like adults.

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Independence Police Department’s Officer Joe Holt saw the teen and the kind gesture he made as he was sitting in his vehicle. The young man left the back seat of the vehicle he was in and went to approach an elderly female who was trying to get back to her car.

It was raining at that time.

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As a way to protect the elderly woman, the boy took off his coat and placed it over her shoulder. Then, he helped her make her way through the parking lot.

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The officer followed the teen and there, he approached his mom to tell her what her kind son did. At first, she was a bit worried that her son had done something wrong since the officer was wearing his uniform.

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In an interview with ABC News, he shared:

“I told his mom that she has done amazing with him and I hope and pray he goes places. She started tearing up, because I was a cop and took time out of my day to call him out on what I witnessed.”

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Officer Joe wanted to get back in touch with the teenager.

That’s why he took his search to social media in hopes of locating the young man. He planned on rewarding him for his kind gesture.

The story went viral.

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And it didn’t take long for the post to reach the teen’s family. Eventually, Officer Holt was able to identify the young man as Tyrea and treated him and his mom to a nice dinner.

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In a Facebook post, he said:

“Well this kiddo who I have only known a short time already means the world to me. As promised after finding him I took him out to dinner. He and his wonderful mom Ebony enjoyed some Red Lobster.”

A lot of people were impressed by the young boy’s action.

One Facebook user commented:

“What a breath of fresh air to see a young man with awesome manners and a kind heart! I love seeing headlines like this. It’s great to see the good in people!”

Another one said:

“Thank you, Tyrea, for being YOU. Engaged and compassionate. What an incredible young man you are growing up to be. Your mom did a great job. Thank YOU officer Holt, for noticing and caring and spending time, money and effort to recognize this act of kindness. You are a special person indeed. The world needs more people like all three of you. Motivated and inspired to read about all of you this Monday morning.”

There was also this person who commented:

“This is so wonderful…what a great young man. I am so happy he was recognized for being so thoughtful and kind!”

Watch the entire heartwarming story in the video below!

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By Rozzette Cabrera
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Rozzette Cabrera is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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