Two Texas police officers were so bothered when they discovered last week that a 95-year-old man was without air conditioning in the sweltering heat that they decided to take matters into their own hands.
Fort Worth Officer William Margolis and his partner, Christopher Weir, responded to a plea for help from an elderly World War II veteran named Julius Hatley who had called 911 to report that both his central air and window AC unit were broken.
While the cops obviously don’t typically fix air conditioning units, the heat had reached into the 90s and, considering the Hatley’s age, Margolis and Weir went to his house last Thursday to check the situation out, CBS News reported.
“When we got there around 8:30 a.m. his house was 85 to 90 degrees already,” Margolis told the outlet. “In Texas, it gets hot.”
The cops — who were emotionally bothered to see such an elderly man without air conditioning — pledged to find a solution for Hatley, so when they left his home they went right to Home Depot to look for a new air conditioning unit.
Their act of goodness was shared on Facebook by Weir’s wife, Jennifer, who openly praised Margolis’ generosity, proclaiming that he is “like a brother” to her and her husband.
“He went to Home Depot and took his own money to buy an AC for this man,” Jennifer Weir wrote.
And that kind act ended up flowing into yet another act of goodness, as employees at the store were so moved by Hatley’s needs and by the cops’ decision to step in and help that they, too, pitched in $150 of their own money to help buy a new air conditioning unit.
Then, Margolis, Weir and fellow Officer Steven Rebrovich went back over to Hatley’s home to install the unit.
“This is what being an officer is about,” Jennifer Weir wrote. “This is what the media doesn’t report on, but happens every single day by officers all over.”
The acts of kindness didn’t end there, though, as the police officers have found a company to replace Hatley’s central air conditioning unit and are also working to help get his home painted, to get his windows replaced and to ensure that he has enough food every week, according to CBS News.
As for Hatley, he was reportedly pretty moved and quite thankful. Another day, another good need.