We all know that police officers risk their lives to help citizens every day, but did you know they also “protect and serve” the animal kingdom, too?
On a stormy day in Greenbelt, Maryland, Carolyn B. R. Hammett and her husband Kevin were driving down the road when they spotted something unusual. A police officer was standing in the middle of the road in the pouring rain. Stranger still, the cop had a huge grin on her face.
Thinking the road ahead was flooded, the family pulled over. It turns out that Officer Hawkins-Graham had been heading home from a police event when she saw something that required her assistance.
“As we got closer, we realized that she was standing over something,” Carolyn said. The object that Master Officer Sharnise Hawkins-Graham was protecting turned out to be a large, snapping turtle.
Snapping turtles can be very dangerous to handle, so the officer had alerted animal control and was waiting to hear back from them. In the meantime, she was determined to shield the helpless animal from oncoming traffic.
Touched by her decency and kindness, the Hammett family decided to help her out. Carolyn’s daughter Honora snapped a photo of the officer standing in the rain, and Kevin immediately started rummaging around in the car in search of an umbrella.